De Kock, Rabada, Ngidi likely to miss 1st week of IPL 2021 in UAE

In terms of player availability, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reached another roadblock. The availability of South African players is a huge setback, as Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, and others may miss the first week in the UAE.

South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka comes to a conclusion just before the IPL 2021 season begins. The limited-overs series starts on September 2 with three ODIs and concludes on September 14 with the end of third T20, only five days before the IPL kicks off on September 19. The UAE government is unlikely to authorise bubble-to-bubble transfers from Sri Lanka because the country is on a red-list due to the COVID-19 scenario. Even though South African players will be permitted to leave on September 15, they will have to spend 7-10 days in quarantine in the UAE before entering the IPL’s bio-bubble, thereby excluding them from the first week of the tournament in the UAE.

However, there is some positive news about the availability of England players, since their series against Bangladesh is still in doubt due to COVID-19 procedures. England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Managing Director Ashley Giles stated that English players will not participate in the IPL 2021 second phase because they will be travelling Bangladesh for a limited-overs series as part of their preparations for the T20 World Cup, the series is in doubt.

According to the most recent BCCI meeting, the Indian board is attempting to cooperate with the Boards of other nations in order to assure their participation in the IPL’s second phase. Efforts are being made to smooth things over with the ECB because many English players play for IPL teams.