Last updated on Tuesday, 5:48 AM | May 4, 2021
IPL 2021: Graeme Smith, the Director of Cricket for South Africa, said that the country’s cricket board is always ready to help players, but it is for the cricketers to decide whether they want to continue in IPL 2021.
There have been cases of Covid-19 in the IPL on Monday. Varun Chakraborty and Sandeep Warrier of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) were found infected with the virus. Due to this, his match against Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed. The testing of some members of Chennai Super Kings staff has also come positive.
Graeme Smith said, “We have offered support to the players and have kept ourselves available if there is any kind of concern”. He said, “Ultimately (to stay in the IPL) they have to decide.” 11 players from South Africa are currently playing for different teams in the IPL. These include limited-overs captain Quinton Dickock, fast bowler Kagiso Rabada and former captain Faf Duplessi.
However, there is no South African player in KKR’s team. Duplessis, Lungi Ngidi, and Imran Tahir are playing for Chennai Super Kings. Balaji, the only bowling coach from Chennai, has been infected. Many countries including Australia and New Zealand have canceled flights from India. However, South Africa has not yet done so. Those going there will have to show a negative report of Covid-19, 72 hours before.
Corona’s entry into the big bubble has caused panic. The board has asked all the players of the Delhi Capitals to go into isolation with immediate effect. The entire team of Delhi Capitals has been asked by the board to go to the Quarantine, but at the moment it is not clear what its duration will be.
After the players have gone to the quarantine, there is no scope for any possibility that they will be able to practice at Motera on 4 May. A Delhi Capitals official said that we do not have any information about whether there will be a practice session or not.