Cricket South Africa (CSA) says its players will have to make a choice between rendering their services to the country against Bangladesh or featuring in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022). Playing for the country should be one’s precedence but it has been vastly noticed that people from across the world prioritize IPL, the cash-rich league.
The CSA will not stop its players to join IPL 2022 in case they wish to refrain from the Bangladesh series. The team’s test skipper Dean Elgar calls it a ‘test of loyalty’ which clarifies that players who prioritize country, will play the Bangladesh series, and those who do not, will fly to play IPL to earn some extra pennies.
“The players need to give Cricket South Africa an indication of if they are keen to go to the IPL or if they are keen to play for the Test side. It’s a bit of a tough one putting that in the players’ box but this I guess, is where you see where players’ loyalty lies. They mustn’t forget that Test cricket or one-day cricket got them into the IPL and not the other way around.”
Elgar continued that playing for the country is bigger than playing in IPL or any other league. He is expecting all players to be loyal to South Africa.
“You don’t want players to miss out on a big occasion like the IPL. But I’d still like to think playing for your country is bigger than that.
It must be noted that 11 South African players are roped in for IPL 2022 out of which, six are the regular Test members, and three others are part of the ODI squad. The names include Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje and Marco Jansen – as well batters Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, allrounder Dwaine Pretorius and limited-overs wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.
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