- Bishal Mandal
David Miller IPL: The eagerly anticipated IPL cricket tournament has hit a snag with South African players missing the opening games of the season.
The Proteas squad’s ODI series against the Netherlands is clashing with the IPL schedule. Cricket South Africa has not allowed centrally contracted players to participate in IPL. Until their national team’s commitment is fulfilled.
While IPL teams may be unhappy about the situation. It is a commendable move on the part of the South African players to prioritize their national team over the IPL.
Additionally, it shows their dedication and commitment to representing their country and doing their best to qualify for the upcoming ICC World Cup.
The two World Cup Super League matches against the Netherlands are crucial for South Africa’s direct qualification in the tournament. And winning both games is necessary for their spot in the event. Hence, the players’ decision to focus on the ODI series is not only understandable but also justified.
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Gujarat Giants, the team that bought David Miller for a whopping 3 Crores in 2022, are reportedly upset about the situation. However, they will have to wait until the Proteas players complete their ODI series against the Netherlands before joining their respective IPL teams.
It is not the first time that South African players have missed IPL games due to international commitments. However, this time around, the decision is not in the players’ hands.
It is the cricket board’s call, and the players must comply with it to maintain their national team’s integrity and priority.
“It’s always a big thing playing in Ahmedabad, especially in an opening game against Chennai. I am a bit disappointed to be missing that, but to put on the green and gold has always been a huge privilege and honour.“David Miller on South African Players Missing the first few IPL games.
The absence of South African players may have an impact on the opening games, but IPL teams must utilize this opportunity to test their bench strength and groom their domestic players.
This situation can also work as a blessing in disguise for the teams. As they can experiment with different combinations and strategies.
Moreover, the IPL is not just about individual performances but also about team efforts and strategies. The absence of some players may not matter if the team has a strong game plan and executes it well.
The IPL teams must focus on utilizing this opportunity to test their bench strength and strategies. While the Proteas players fulfill their international commitments.
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