Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada together collected 52 counters during IPL 2020.
The sudden announcement of the Pakistan tour South Africa forced the Delhi capitals to seek clarification from the Cricket Control Board in India about the availability of Proteas players. The announced series will be played in April and the next Indian Premier League season is scheduled to start on April 10.
The Delhi capitals have two fast South African bowlers Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada. Both boosters are pretty crucial to the franchise as they had done most of the bowling for the franchise in the previous IPL season in the UAE. Rabada had picked up 30 wickets while Nortje had taken 22 scalps in the season.
According to the Cricbuzz report, it appears that some of the teams have been working on this issue with BCCI, including the Delhi capitals. Besides Rabada and Nortje, there are a few other Proteas players that are present in franchises. For example, the Chennai Super Kings have Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi in their mix.
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As for the reports that have emerged, South African players could miss the start of the IPL. This can be the first two games or the first two weeks, depending on the exact schedule and quarantine requirements for players. The BCCI in return expressed that Cricket South Africa (CSA) will inform them soon of the availability of South African players.
The South African team will play a three-game ODI series followed by a four-game T20I series against Pakistan. The entire tour is scheduled for April 2-16. Therefore, it is certain that if Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada are selected to play in this series, the fast bowling duo will miss the first matches of the IPL.
Other than these players, other South African IPL players will not have this so-called problem. David Miller, who plays for Rajasthan Royals, was not selected for the ODI squad recently. While the other player is AB de Villiers from Royal Challengers Bangalore, who has retired from international cricket.