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South Africa Players Set to Skip Bangladesh Tests For T20 League

South Africa Players Set to Skip Bangladesh Tests For T20 League

South Africa are more likely to area a depleted squad for the 2 dwelling Tests in opposition to Bangladesh beginning March 18, with all their red-ball gamers selecting to play for numerous franchises within the IPL 2022.

The Cricket South Africa (CSA), earlier this month, allowed the gamers to decide on between the IPL and their Test commitments in opposition to Bangladesh. And the gamers in a unanimous choice have prefered the IPL over the 2 Tests.

According to an settlement between the 2 boards, CSA has traditionally offered their gamers with NOCs to take part within the IPL and haven’t organised fixtures on the identical time. However, this yr is completely different, with an expanded IPL and an autumn collection in opposition to Bangladesh.

“The authentic settlement with the BCCI was that we’d launch our gamers for the IPL. But the IPL window has gotten larger, and our settlement stays the identical,” an insider told ESPNcricinfo.

This decision means that South Africa will be without their entire front-line seam attack against Bangladesh. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi are contracted to the Punjab Kings and the Delhi Capitals, respectively, while Marco Jansen is set to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, there is still no clarity on Anrich Nortje’s availability for the IPL. Nortje last played first-class cricket on the tour of the Caribbean in July last year and is said to be suffering from a longstanding back and hip issue.

The pacer, who has emerged as a key weapon for the Capitals, is set to be assessed by the franchise’s medical staff.

All the Test specialists are understood to have had a meeting with Mark Boucher, the head coach, with efforts being made to convince them to prioritise the Tests before heading over to India.

There is an indication that some, including Rabada, could be persuaded to stay for at least the first Test. However, it is more likely that the players will continue to play in the IPL.

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