‘It’s in Players’ Hands’: Graeme Smith on South Africans Willing to Exit IPL 2021

The news of two Kolkata Knight Riders players testing positive for the dreaded Covid-19 virus seems to have sent the Board of Control for Cricket in India in a tizzy. South Africa’s Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith said the country’s cricket board is always there to help but it is up to the cricketers to decide if they want to continue playing in the IPL after it has been hit by the COVID-19 storm on Monday. Also Read – IPL 2021 May Shift Entirely to Mumbai Amid Covid-19 Crisis in India: Report

A COVID-19 outbreak left the star-sprinkled IPL on tenterhooks as KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for the Coronavirus, forcing the postponement of their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, while cases also came to light in the Chennai Super Kings camp. Also Read – SRH vs MI Dream11 Team Prediction VIVO IPL 2021: Captain, Fantasy Playing Tips – SunRisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians, Probable XIs For Today’s T20 Match 31 at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi 7.30 PM IST May 4 Tuesday

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“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. Also Read – Covid-19 Hits IPL 2021: BCCI Asks Delhi Capitals to Isolate, Sunrisers Hyderabad-Mumbai Indians Cancel Practice

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

As many as 11 South African players, including white-ball skipper Quinton de Kock, pacer Kagiso Rabada and former captain Faf du Plessis, are currently participating in the IPL for various teams.

While there are no Proteas players in KKR, du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi, and Imran Tahir play for Chennai, whose bowling coach L Balaji and a bus driver have tested positive.

Many countries, including Australia and New Zealand, have banned flights from India but South Africa has still kept its borders open with travellers needing to submit a negative test report within 72 hours of travelling.

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