In the end of March, the 16th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to begin. The home-away format is going to be implemented again for the IPL 2023. The competition will start on March 31. At the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the defending champion Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings will square off in the first game.
Before they begin the actual training, almost all franchises have already started the pre-season campaign. Some teams have suffered significant setbacks as a result of their key players’ late arrivals at the competition because of foreign commitments.
South African players will join their respective IPL teams after the competition begins, according to numerous reports. The Proteas and the Netherlands will play two one-day internationals. The IPL’s opening matches will be missed by about 9 players who were part of the ODI team.
Big blow to these IPL 2023 teams
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), who has appointed South African opener Aiden Markram as their new captain, will be the most impacted franchise. In addition to him, the current South Africa ODI lineup for SRH also includes wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen and batsman Marco Jansen.
Together with SRH, the other teams who suffered were Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Titans, Lucknow Super Giants, Mumbai Indians, and Punjab Kings. Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, and David Miller won’t be available for DC for the start of their campaign, and Titans will be without their services. Quinton de Kock of the Lucknow Super Giants, Tristan Stubbs of the Mumbai Indians, and Kagiso Rabada of the Punjab Kings will also be tardy.
IPL 2023 Team-wise Players to miss
- Sunrisers Hyderabad (Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Marco Jansen)
- Delhi Capitals (Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi)
- Mumbai Indians (Tristan Stubbs, possibly Dewald Brevis)
- Gujarat Titans (David Miller)
- Lucknow Super Giants (Quinton de Kock)
- Punjab Kings (Kagiso Rabada).
BCCI has been informed
The BCCI informed the teams in December that contracted South African players will be available beginning on March 29, two days before the IPL’s first game, in a statement about the availability of overseas players.
Even so, BCCI has been informed of the reason for the requirement that South African-contracted players participate in the Netherlands series, according to CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki.
Players will not be able to play the starting match
To qualify for the ODI World Cup 2023, South Africa must win the series of ODI against the Netherlands. The final ODI will be played on March 2, while the IPL will start on March 31. In other words, the players taking part in this series won’t be able to take part in the IPL matches that will be played over the first four days.
The lowest five ODI Super League teams must compete in World Cup Qualifiers against five Associate teams, while the top eight teams automatically qualify for the 2023 World Cup.
Together with the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Ireland, South Africa, which is now ranked ninth, is vying for a direct World Cup entry. The Netherlands series thus became crucial for the Proteas.