While the IPL is scheduled to begin from 19th September in UAE, the South African players are likely to miss the early phase in the competition. The likes of AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, David Miller, and Quinton de Kock among others are all set to miss the early part of the IPL 2020 due to new travel guidelines by the South African government.
The 13th season of the IPL is scheduled to be played in the UAE and the BCCI is already working on the dynamics of the tournament. However, with reports coming in, South African players will miss the early part of the T20 carnival. South African government has extended the ban on international travel until the end of September. It means no South African player would be able to join his respective team from the beginning. Due to the same reason, South African players have missed out on the CPL as well which is scheduled to begin from 18th August.
RCB is the most-affected side from this travel ban as their 3 first-choice overseas players belong to South Africa. Fan-favourites AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn are a part of RCB bandwagon. Alongside them, they also acquired the services of Chris Morris as well after buying him for a whopping amount of 10 crores in the auction.
Imran Tahir is expected to join CSK from the beginning of the tournament as he is currently residing in Pakistan. He was also able to arrange his travel to West Indies to participate in the CPL.
It is going to be a huge loss for the IPL as South African players enjoy a huge fan-base in India and they have always attracted the cricket fans in the country.
South African players to play in the IPL:
AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, and Chris Morris (RCB)
Lungi Ngidi, Faf Du Plessis, and Lungi Ngidi (CSK)
Quinton de Kock (MI)
Kagiso Rabada (DC)
David Miller (RR)
Hardus Viljoen (KXIP)