The recent turn of events in South Africa must have left the IPL franchises anxious. Earlier this week, South Africa’s Olympic body took control of cricket in the country, a move that could make things worse for the African country. the ICC does not allow government interference and the action from South Africa’s Olympics body could lead to the national team being kicked out of the game at international level.
The move also raised doubts over the participation of the South African players in the IPL. The South African contingent form a very crucial part of the tournament. In the upcoming edition, a total of 11 players from the country are participating.
The players are – Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Hardus Viljoen, Quinton de Kock, David Miller, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Chris Morris.
But according to a report in Mumbai Mirror, all the eight IPL franchises have been assured that the crisis in South African cricket will have no bearing on the country’s players’ participation in the league.
“There is no impact. All of them will play in the tournament,” a franchise representative was quoted as saying by the news outlet.
On the other hand, The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is yet to deliver any update on the same. At the same time, SASCOC has assured the South African public and the ICC that none of its members will be part of the administration of Cricket South Africa.
“SASCOC Board Members will serve on the Task Team. The Task Team will be composed of men and women of high quality, and high integrity. They are not affiliated to any Sports Federation, and have reputations as being fiercely independent. Accordingly, we call upon members of the public and the media, and in particular cricketers and ex-cricketers, and stakeholders involved in cricket, including the sponsors, to give this process a chance so that we can restore cricket to its former glory, as soon as possible,” SASCOC said in a statement on Saturday night.