With the ICC Cricket World Cup less than a month away, Cricket South Africa (CSA) are worried with their pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada complaining of discomfort in his back as he plies his trade for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.
While DC rested Rabada for the game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday, his scan reports have been sent to CSA to decide on the future course of action.
Speaking to IANS, a senior DC official in the know of developments said that all tests have been done on the pacer and the reports have been sent to CSA and they will decide on the pacer’s further participation in the IPL this season.
“He just complained of discomfort and we got all the tests done because we don’t wish to take a chance with any of our players. With the World Cup round the corner, even CSA got in touch with us and we spoke to them and have now sent them the reports. They will check the reports and get back to us on how to go about Rabada’s participation in the IPL.
“He has had an issue with his back and there is no point in risking him. We as a franchise also respect the fact that this is the year of the World Cup,” the official explained.
If CSA does stop the pacer’s further participation in the ongoing season of IPL to keep Rabada fresh for the World Cup, starting in England and Wales from May 30, it will be a big blow for DC going into the playoff stages of the tournament.
Rabada is currently the Purple Cap holder in the cash-rich league with 25 wickets from 12 games. Second on the list is his South Africa teammate Imran Tahir. The CSK leg-spinner has picked 21 wickets from 13 games.
DC in fact missed Rabada’s services in the game against CSK at the Chepauk on Wednesday as they lost to MS Dhoni & Co. by 80 runs after being bundled out for a paltry 99.