Although IPL franchisees are seemingly bent over England players, who are available for IPL in its recent season, they along with South Africa players are most likely to leave the league early. As reported, England players will leave the tournament in two batches. The first batch will leave on May 1 and the second will depart after May 14. The players will join in the bilateral series between South Africa and England, which is scheduled to begin from mid-May. Also, the players will get ready for Champions Trophy which is set to start from June 1 in England. Reportedly, IPL has informed the franchisees about the decision of respective boards to pull out their players before concluding the tournament.
Meanwhile, BCCI is trying to communicate with Cricket South Africa if they can extent their play’s assignment in the league. The Board is also trying to get the players along with those from England for the final IPL venue on May 21. It will communicate the final update before IPL auction starts on February 20. It will certainly have a string impact on the auction as the franchisees will now have to redo their strategy to include players.
Currently, players from South Africa are AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Chris Morris, David Miller and Hashim Amla are already being retained by their respective franchisees. Also, England player Jos Buttler and Sam Billings are retained. In the final roster, among 351 players, 122 capped international players are included. In the auction 13 South African players are also included. However, the Cricket South Africa is trying to release several players including Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, Lungi Nagidi, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius. They will be playing the upcoming limited format series against New Zealand.
Several England players will leave the tournament an ODI series against Ireland. The two-match series is scheduled on May 5 and 7. Moreover, South Africa will tour England for three ODIs, which are scheduled between May 24 and 29. The prominent England players like Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes will leave late after May 14 for the upcoming ODIs against South Africa.
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