Dean Elgar Request Players To Choose National Commitments Over IPL 2022
South African Test captain Dean Elgar has recently urged his players to choose International cricket over the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. South Africa will play a two-match Test series against Bangladesh and it is all set to clash with IPL 2022 dates. And most of the South African players like Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, and Marco Jansen might look to join IPL.
The 1st Test will be played on 31st March at the Kingsmead, Durban and the 2nd Test will be played at Port Elizabeth on April 8th.
Speaking in a press conference Dean Elgar said -“Just this morning I got off a call with the respective personnel at CSA to try and give us a guideline as to whether the players will be available or not. The outcome of that meeting is that the players need to give CSA an indication whether they’re keen to go to the IPL or if they’re keen to play for the Test side,”
He has also added — “It’s a tough one leaving that up to the players, but this is how we’ll see where their loyalty lies. They mustn’t forget that Test and one-day cricket got them into the IPL, not the other way around. That’s all I can give you now. I wish I had more, just for my own personal sanity. So I can prepare, knowing that most of my bowlers are potentially not going to be there if they choose to go the IPL route. Hopefully by next week that will be clearer for us,”
He has spoken regarding the facts about the two historic venues and said that these pitches will help slower balls.
He has also stated — “The venues are more suited for the opposition; I think that brings them into the game. I can’t take the field without my best side, in order to give ourselves the best chance. I need my best players,”
Elgar was also supportive of his mates and said that he will not mind if they choose to pick IPL over their national duties.
He has concluded by saying — “You don’t want players to miss out on a big occasion like the IPL, by no means. But I’d still like to think playing for your country is bigger than that,”