IPL trumps T20I for SA

Afp, Johannesburg

20 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The Indian Premier League's financial muscle was shown on Thursday when Cricket South Africa said none of the players contracted in the Indian league will play for South Africa in a Twenty20 international series against Pakistan.

Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, David Miller and Anrich Nortje will play for their country in three one-day internationals against Pakistan but will miss a four-match T20 series in order to play in the IPL.

Cricket South Africa said in a statement, "In terms of an agreement between CSA and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), those players awarded Indian Premier League contracts will be released early to join their respective teams." Former captain Faf du Plessis, who also has an IPL deal, was not included in either squad.