The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season is set to be a mega event as the tournament returns to its original home and away format. However, the IPL 2023’s return to its old format has been overshadowed by the number of injuries and player unavailability. Now it seems South African players are also set to miss IPL 2023 matches.
Since after the COVID-19 pandemic breakdown, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has mostly been out of India or at a single neutral venue. Fans have been deprived of seeing their favourite players playing infront of them for their favourite team.
And after a long gap of 3 years, when things are looking really good for the fans return to see their favourite team play at their home ground, fans are excited for the tournament.
However, that excitement has been completely overshadowed by the number of injuries in the IPL 2023, ruling out some of the top names such as Jasprit Bumrah, Jonny Bairstow, Shreyas Iyer, Prasidh Krishna among a lot.
And now, it seems that even the South African players are also set to miss the IPL 2023’s initial matches. This comes after Cricket South Africa (CSA) officially announced a full-strength squad for its upcoming ODI series vs Netherlands.
This is the continuation of the series between the teams which had to stopped midway after playing 1 match. There are still 2 matches to be played and it’s one of the most crucial series for South Africa since their ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualification depends on it.
South Africa need to win the series vs Netherlands to have any chance of making it to the top 8 of ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points table since only top 8 teams directly qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 to be played in India.
Star IPL players like Quinton de Kock, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada also feature in the squad.
South Africa Squad: Temba Bavuma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.