IPL 2021: Greame Smith on South African Players Moves On – It Is In Their Hands To Make A Choice

IPL 2021: Up to 11 South African players are part of the T20 league in India, which has been shaken by the fear of Covid-19. Two KKR players and a support team from CSK tested positive for coronavirus on Monday.

Faf du Plessis is part of the Chennai Super Kings Camp, which reported a positive Covid-19 case on Monday (courtesy of BCCi).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Two KKR players and a CSK support team tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday
  • Up to 11 South African players will be represented in IPL 2021
  • Grame Smith said CSA has offered assistance and assistance to SA players in the IPL

South African cricket director Graeme Smith said Monday that the country’s cricket board had offered assistance to its players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2021 after positive Covid-19 cases were reported in the league. However, Smith said players would have a choice about their stay in India, which was hit hard by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are up to 11 South African players in the IPL. Neither of them are from Kolkata Knight Riders, who had two positive Covid-19 cases on Monday. However, Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir are among the Chennai Super Kings whose bowling trainer L Balaji tested positive on Monday.

Meanwhile, it emerges that the BCCI has asked Delhi Capitals to isolate themselves after their April 29 game against KKR. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are integral members of the Delhi unit, which is at the top of the IPL 2021 points table.

“We have offered support to the players and made ourselves available to them if they had any concerns,” Cricket SA director of cricket Graeme Smith was quoted as saying by iol.co.za.

“Ultimately, it is up to you to make a choice (continued participation).”

Notably, up to three Australian players left India before the Australian government closed its borders to citizens returning from India in a much-criticized move. New Zealand has also banned flights from India, but South Africa has kept its borders open as travelers are required to submit a negative review within 72 hours of starting their trip.

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