South African Cricket Director – Graeme Smith said on Monday that South African players have a choice to decide on their stay for the remaining part of the IPL. India has been one of the worst countries affected by Covid-19 – and cases have soared to more than 3.00,000 every day in the country. Due to the ongoing crisis, it is difficult for the foreign player to stay in the country as they are not safe at the moment.
Already five players have withdrawn from this IPL due to the sudden increase in cases and now two players in The KKR camp has tested positive which puts the whole tournament in jeopardy. The players definitely need the support of their nation and the 11 South Africans involved in the IPL would be happy if their board of directors were ready to help them.
Graeme Smith ready to offer support if anything goes wrong
Former South African captain and director of cricket in South Africa, Graeme Smith has made it clear that they offer support to their players in the IPL and that any concerns could also be discussed.
He added that it was totally in the player’s hands whether or not to continue in the nation. South Africa is allowing returnees from India who still have to submit a negative test report within 72 hours of travel.
“We offered support to the players and we were there to help them with any issues.” Graeme Smith was quoted as saying by iol.co.za
“Ultimately, it is in their hands to make a choice (continuous participation)”, Graeme Smith added.
KSC support staff test positive
CSK bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji along with two support staff tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday and this has certainly caused great concern in the squad which includes three South African cricketers – Faf Du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Lungi Ngidi.
Meanwhile, the Delhi squad which included Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje went into quarantine after two KKR cricketers tested positive.
If the South African players decide to leave the IPL, it will certainly be of great concern to the fans and franchises who have worked hard to get the tournament going.