South African fans have criticized their main strike bowlers who have chosen IPL over the home series against Bangladesh. Earlier, South African captain Dean Elgar said that the choice between IPL and Bangladesh series will test the loyalty of the players. Now that the bowlers have made their choices clear, Elgar believes that the bowlers were put with difficult choices.
“I’m pretty confined with regards to what I can and can’t say but the players were put in a bit of a situation with regards to making themselves available,” Elgar said. “I’m sure they wouldn’t have made a rash decision if it didn’t mean a hell of a lot to them” Elgar said three days before the start of the home series against Bangladesh.
The players who will be unavailable for the home series include Quinton de Kock, Marco Jansen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, and Rassie van der Dussen.
It is worth noting that while the players require NOC from their respective cricket boards, a small percentage of their contracted fees goes to the cricketing boards, so it’s not an absolute loss for the respective boards if the players opt out of the international series.
South African cricket board has got some life back to their coffers after the home series against India where they won in both formats. While the test series was quite competitive, the jaw-dropping was the ODI series where India was unable to secure a single victory, despite being a superior team by a mile on paper.
The two test matches will be played at Kingsmead Durban and Port Elizabeth on 31st March and 8th April.
Aware of Bangladesh’s changed mindset – Dean Elgar
The South African captain is aware that playing against Bangladesh in the test series won’t be the same as before. Bangladesh has done phenomenally well in recent times in the test format, and Elgar is aware that the side has ‘westernized’ coaching and a modern mindset to play attacking cricket.
“They’re a new team with a westernised coaching staff who have changed their mindset with regards to how to play cricket in South Africa.” said Elgar.