BCCI’s SOS to Graeme Smith for releasing SA cricketers for IPL


IPL 2022 – SOS from BCCI to Graeme Smith: IPL franchises, BCCI are getting very nervous now over the availability of South African cricketers for IPL 2022. CSA chief Graeme Smith on the matter. Proteas’ home series against Bangladesh has complicated the situation as the series will end on April 12. Follow the IPL 2022 live updates on InsideSport.IN

“The BCCI will approach Graeme Smith and check if some of the best players are available at least a bit sooner. We are hoping for a solution as we have an excellent relationship with the ASC. Some of the franchises will be hurt if they are unavailable for three weeks,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

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South African Cricketers IPL 2022: The Delhi Capitals could be doubly injured as Anrich Nortje hasn’t played much since November and it is unclear whether the ASC medical team will clear him to play in the Indian Premier League.

Some of South Africa’s top cricketers are at risk of missing three weeks of IPL due to their home series against Bangladesh, which includes three ODIs and two Tests starting on March 18 and ending on April 12.

With the exception of Quinton de Kock, who has retired from Test cricket and will play for Lucknow Supergiants, there is no certainty whether Proteas pace the attack of Kagiso Rabada (Punjab Kings), Nortje ( DC), Marco Jansen (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Lungi Ngidi (DC) will be available before the end of the test series against Bangladesh.

Add to that, there’s Dwayne Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Auden Markram, David Miller. Faf du Plessis has already retired from international cricket.

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During the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and the increase in Omicron variant cases in South Africa, BCCI had continued their A tour and then sent the senior team for three tests followed by three ODIs.

Although PTI has sent a formal request to the CSA, we learn that no concrete political decision has yet been taken.

Test captain Dean Elgar was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying it’s a delicate call between national team loyalty and the riches that come with the IPL.

“Players must tell Cricket South Africa if they want to go to the IPL or if they want to play for the Test team. It’s a bit difficult to put that in the player box, but I guess that’s where you see where the player loyalty lies,” Elgar said.

“They must not forget that Test cricket or One Day Cricket got them into the IPL and not the other way around.”

As of now, CSA have announced their 18-member ODI squad for the Bangladesh Series and although De Kock, Rabada, Markram, Ngidi, Jansen, Pretorius are in the squad, he doesn’t have Nortje.

IPL 2022: BCCI contacts Graeme Smith for clarification on availability of SA players in IPL, decision this week – Follow Live Updates

Can Smith fix the SA players problem? The BCCI and the CSA will have to find an intermediate solution and there could be a possibility that some players will leave after the first test, which ends on March 4. Even then, the test specialists, after three days in quarantine, will miss 12 days (nearly two weeks), or at least three IPL matches.

Although the BCCI may depend on Smith, the former skipper himself will end his mandate on March 31 and his formal arbitration procedure initiated by the ASC on the basis of the conclusions of the lawyer for the President of Justice of Social and Nation-Building, Dumisa Ntsebeza, that Smith and Mark Boucher’s appointments were “marred by procedural flaws” began.

It is understood that once Smith’s term ends, CSA will issue a formal announcement for the position, but it is unclear whether the former skipper will re-apply.

IPL 2022: BCCI's SOS to Graeme Smith, 'please resolve the issue of availability of South African players for IPL': follow live updates
IPL 2022: BCCI’s SOS to Graeme Smith, ‘please resolve the issue of availability of South African players for IPL’: follow live updates

IPL 2022: BCCI contacts Graeme Smith for clarification on availability of SA players in IPL, decision this week – Follow Live Updates

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