The much-awaited 13th edition of Indian Premier League is all set to kick start fromSeptember 19 in the thick of Novel Coronavirus pandemic. Earlier the T20 tournament, which was scheduled to be played from 29 March earlier this year, was postponed for indefinite period in the wake of CoViD-19 pandemic.
Owing to the uncontrollable outbreak of CoViD-19 in India, the marquee tournament will be played in UAE under plenty of special restrictions due to coronavirus. With the announcement of the dates, the brains have involved in substantive discussion for the tournament.
Still and all, as the complete South African country is put under lockdown by the South African government due to uncontrollable situation arising from CoViD-19, the participation of the South African players in the initial stage of the Cash-rich league remains uncertain. The SA government has suspended many services and international travel is prohibited until the end of month of September.
As the consequence of this, it seems very difficult for the South African players likeDavid Miller, Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, KagisoRabada and Hardus Viljoen to take part in the initial leg of the T20 extravaganza. Out of these, Chris Morris, the fast bowling all-rounder, fetched up a price of INR 10 crores by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Proteas will not be able to take part in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) due to these restrictions. However, Imran Tahir, who is presently residing in Pakistan, will take part in the CPL, scheduled to commence from August 18. Tahir would also be available for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020.
Howbeit, RCB will be the most affected side from these restrictions as the franchise has many first-choice players from South Africa. The franchises are likely to send a chartered plane for all the nine players apart from Imran.
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Here is list of SA players with IPL 2020 contracts –
AB de Villiers (RCB), Quinton de Kock (MI), Dale Steyn (RCB), Chris Morris (RCB), Kagiso Rabada (DC), Lungi Ngidi (CSK), Faf Du Plessis (CSK), Imran Tahir (CSK), David Miller (RR), HardusViljoen (KXIP)