The IPL franchises are concerned about the availability of the South African players for the entire length of the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league, which begins from 5th April.
Royal Challengers Bangalore star batsman AB de Villiers hinted that the players from his country could be called back early to prepare for the biggest tournament of the year i.e. ICC Champions Trophy 2017, slated to take place after IPL 2017.
AB de Villiers also confirmed that all the IPL participants will play at least in the first month of the competition and said, “We are getting pulled out of the IPL 2017 at earlier stage as we have to prepare for the main event of this year Champions Trophy which starts in June 2017. Dates have not been confirmed yet but all the South African players will go in the first month who participating in the IPL 10 for the preparation of Champions Trophy and just after that 3 one day international series against England.”
If Cricket South Africa decide to call their players back, it could create a huge problem for many IPL franchises. A number of players from South Africa are part of the IPL, including AB De Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Faf du Plessis (Rising Pune Supergiants), David Miller and Hashim Amla (Kings XI Punjab) and JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock (Delhi Daredevils).
Now, IPL franchises can’t even release these players as the final lists of players have already been prepared. And so, they have to think twice from here while selecting the South African player in the IPL Auction scheduled to take place in Bengaluru.