It is in players’ hands to make a choice: Graeme Smith on South Africans willing to exit IPL

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South Africa’s Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith mentioned the nation’s cricket board is at all times there to assist however it is up to the cricketers to determine if they need to proceed taking part in in the IPL after it has been hit by the COVID-19 storm on Monday.

A COVID-19 outbreak left the star-sprinkled IPL on tenterhooks as Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier examined constructive for the dreaded virus, forcing postponement of their sport in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore, whereas circumstances additionally got here to mild in the Chennai Super Kings camp.

“We’ve offered support to the players and made ourselves available to them should there be any concerns,” Cricket SA’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith was quoted as saying by iol.co.za.

“Ultimately, it is in their hands to make a choice (about their continued participation).”

As many as 11 South African gamers, together with white-ball skipper Quinton de Kock, pacer Kagiso Rabada and former captain Faf du Plessis, are at present taking part in the IPL for varied groups.

While there are not any Proteas gamers in KKR, du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir play for Chennai, whose bowling coach L Balaji and a bus driver has examined constructive.

Many international locations, together with Australia and New Zealand, have banned flights from India however South Africa has nonetheless stored its borders open with travellers needing to submit a damaging take a look at report inside 72 hours of travelling.

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