Cricket news - Delhi seek clarity on Rabada, Nortje's availability

Seven South African players are currently in the rosters of five IPL franchises

Seven South African players are currently in the rosters of five IPL franchises

The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises have sought clarity on the South African players' availability for this season. At least a couple of teams have officially taken up the issue with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) following Cricket South Africa's (CSA) announcement of a white-ball series against Pakistan in April.

Seven South African players are in the rosters of five IPL franchises but Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings have a couple of players each and they could be the worst affected if the South Africans show up late. More so the Delhi team, and Cricbuzz understands that the franchise officials have officially taken up the matter with the BCCI. They could lose the players for "two games or for two weeks" but the exact duration will depend on the venue and the quarantine requirement for the South African players. The BCCI has assured that they will seek clarity on this from CSA. The board had also recently informed the franchises that it "will send the availability details of overseas players shortly."

Kagiso Rabada (17 matches, 30 wickets) and Anrich Nortje (16 matches, 22 wickets) were the key performers for Delhi which reached the final for the first time in 13 seasons last year. Between them, the two pacers had taken more than 50 wickets and understandably Delhi are anxious to know about the availability of their two spearheads.

The seven-match SA-Pakistan series - three ODIs and four T20Is - is scheduled between April 2 and 16. With the IPL expected to start on April 9 or 10, Delhi is staring at the possibility of missing out on their strike bowlers in the initial part of their campaign.

In response to our query, the CSA said that they will address any and all circumstances surrounding the IPL directly with the BCCI. Hemang Amin, the COO of the IPL, did not respond.

Apart from Rabada and Nortje, Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi (Chennai Super Kings), Quinton de Kock (Mumbai Indians), AB de Villiers (Royals Challengers Bangalore) and David Miller (Rajasthan Royals) are the other South Africans retained by the franchises.

Chris Morris, Van der Dussen, Wayne Parnell, Beuran Hendricks, Hardus Viljoen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Daryn Dupavillon, Morne Morkel, George Linde, Dwaine Pretorius, David Wiese, Gerald Coetzee, Marco Jansen and Jacques Snyman are the 14 South Africans who are shortlisted to go under the hammer at the auction on February 18.