For the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League, South African fans will not be able to watch the tournament live on their TV sets. SuperSport, the broadcasting company that previously held the rights, has confirmed that they were unsuccessful in securing the broadcast rights for the 16th edition of the tournament after they lost the Sub-Saharan African rights to Viacom18 in June 2022. As a result, fans in South Africa will miss out on the excitement of the IPL.
Despite this setback, 15 South African cricketers will be playing in the IPL this year. However, many of these players are yet to join their respective franchises due to international commitments. The upcoming series against the Netherlands is especially important for the Temba Bavuma-led Proteas, as they have not yet qualified for the ODI World Cup.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has named a strong squad for the remaining two matches of the series, and the players who are currently involved with the national team are expected to reach India for the IPL in the first week of April. While the players are set to participate in the tournament, fans in South Africa will unfortunately miss out on the live action.
CSA is reportedly disappointed with the fact that fans will not be able to watch the IPL live on television. This is especially disheartening after the successful completion of the SA20 league, where all six teams were owned by IPL franchises. However, viewers in England, New Zealand, and Australia will be able to catch the action live on their TV sets as regional broadcasters have made a deal with Viacom18.
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