The Pakistan team is scheduled to play the limited-overs series against the hosts South Africa which might see some of the South African players missing the first week of the IPL 2021. The South African tour for Pakistan starts with a three-match ODI series followed by a four-match T20 series with the venues being Centurion and Johannesburg. The IPL schedule has been announced and it starts on April 9.
The Pakistan series against South Africa starts on April 2 and ends on April 16. With the quarantine restrictions and bio bubble in place, the South African players are likely to miss a minimum of the first-week action of the IPL and most probably will be ready in place by the third or fourth game for each franchise. The most affected franchises will be Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, and Mumbai Indians out of the eight franchises.
5 Players Who Might Miss The First Week Of The Tournament:
Quinton De Kock:
Quinton De Kock has been an integral part of the South African team and he will surely be part of the squad for the Pakistan series which means that Mumbai Indians will have to wait for his arrival until the first three games at least. Mumbai Indians play their first game against RCB on April 9, followed by KKR on April 13 and SRH on April 17.
Mumbai Indians have excellent backups for every player and Ishan Kishan can keep wickets for the first three games if needed. Chris Lynn might be the best replacement for Quinton De Kock at the top of the order for the first three games and he is not a bad choice though with his excellent striking ability. Also, this will an opportunity for Mumbai Indians to try out Chris Lynn who did not get a chance in the playing Xi last year.