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IPL 2021: CSA’s Graeme Smith says South Africans free to choose between continuing to play or returning home

IPL 2021: CSA’s Graeme Smith says South Africans free to decide on between persevering with to play or returning residence

Johannesburg: South Africa’s Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith mentioned the nation’s cricket board is all the time there to assist however it’s as much as the cricketers to determine in the event that they need to proceed enjoying within the IPL after it has been hit by the COVID-19 storm on Monday.

A COVID-19 outbreak left the star-sprinkled IPL on tenterhooks as Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier examined constructive for the dreaded virus, forcing postponement of their sport in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore, whereas instances additionally got here to mild within the Chennai Tremendous Kings camp.

“We have provided help to the gamers and made ourselves accessible to them ought to there be any issues,” Cricket SA’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith was quoted as saying by iol.co.za.

Quinton de Kock of Mumbai Indians during match 24 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals held at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, India on the 29th April 2021 Photo by Ron Gaunt / Sportzpics for IPL

Quinton de Kock performs for Mumbai Indians. Sportzpics

“Finally, it’s of their palms to choose (about their continued participation).”

As many as 11 South African gamers, together with white-ball skipper Quinton de Kock, pacer Kagiso Rabada and former captain Faf du Plessis, are at present collaborating within the IPL for numerous groups.

Whereas there aren’t any Proteas gamers in KKR, du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir play for Chennai, whose bowling coach L Balaji and a bus driver has examined constructive.

Many international locations, together with Australia and New Zealand, have banned flights from India however South Africa has nonetheless saved its borders open with travellers needing to submit a detrimental check report inside 72 hours of travelling.

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Updated: May 3, 2021 — 10:42 pm

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