IPL 2017 February 14, 2017

SA, England players likely to leave IPL early

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South African players are likely to leave IPL 2017 after May 7 while the England players are scheduled to depart the tournament in two batches - a few after May 1 and the rest after May 14. Making players available and ready for the bilateral series - South Africa's tour of England begins in mid-May - and the Champions Trophy, which starts from June 1 in England, is the chief reason why both boards want to pull out their players early.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the IPL had informed the franchises about this in an email this week along with the final updated player roster for the auction on February 20.

The franchises were also told that the BCCI is trying to discuss the issue with the Cricket South Africa to see if the South African players' stay can be extended. It is not known whether either board will release players in the event their franchise makes it to the final on May 21.

AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Faf du Plessis (Rising Pune Supergiants), JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock and Chris Morris (Delhi Daredevils), David Miller and Hashim Amla (Kings XI Punjab) have been retained by their respective franchises, along with England's Jos Buttler (Mumbai Indians) and Sam Billings (Daredevils).

A total of 351 players, including 122 capped internationals, will feature in the auction, which will be held in Bangalore on February 20. Although franchise officials had earlier indicated that this season's auction could be a short event, with teams trying to plug a few gaps, the likely early departure of South Africa and England players could impact the teams' auction strategies.

Of the 13 South African players who have entered the auction, CSA is interested specifically in the release of Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius. Except for Ngidi, who is recovering from a hip injury, the other six players are part of the limited-overs squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand.

An official privy to the discussions between the BCCI and CSA said that it was a one-off situation which could not be avoided. South Africa's tour of England will begin with two practice matches followed by the three-ODI series scheduled between May 24 and 29. The three T20Is and the four Tests will be played after the Champions Trophy. The official said that CSA is keen on getting the best possible preparation for the Champions Trophy, given the team's record in ICC tournaments, and had thus sought an early release of its main players from the IPL.

As for the England players, a few may leave for the two ODIs against Ireland on May 5 and 7. An official with one of the franchises said that prominent players like Buttler and some of the players who have entered the auction, like Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes, could leave after May 14 to prepare for the ODIs against South Africa.

Morgan, Stokes and fast bowler Chris Woakes are part of the list of marquee players who have listed the maximum base price of INR 2 crore (approx US $298,000) for the auction. The other England players in the auction are wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow (INR 1.5 crore), opening batsmen Alex Hales and Jason Roy (INR 1 crore), and fast bowlers Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills (INR 50 lakh).

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Apoorv Agrawal on February 15, 2017, 15:17 GMT

    currently IPL is the most exciting cricket going around the world after the world cup that can be seen that most people go to stadiums and mostly the stadium are full also these matches have very high TV ratings and many International cricketers retired and non retired have spoken highly of this League

  • baghels.a on February 15, 2017, 14:43 GMT

    @GR8GAUR. : How is IPL or any T20 league meaningless?? kindly explain, you might call them ,slam bang affairs,junk food etc but words like meaningless and pointless surely don't apply. All these T20 league have certain number of teams all competing against each other in round robin basis then to knockouts/playoffs with ultimate aim of lifting a trophy at the end of it , nearly every match has something riding on it (Very few Dead Rubbers). It's funny how some fans find 14 matches in IPL too long but don't say a word about those neverending treadmill of bilateral ODI's and T20's which occupies the rest of the year , every things becomes okay and legit just because they are supposed to be Nation v/s Nation contests .Some fans will do well to remember that India won CT 2012 in Eng right after the IPL and many pundits like Nasir Hussain ,Nick Night,Atherton had credited the IPL for keeping Indian team well prepared and in form .

  • cricfan08273861 on February 15, 2017, 13:04 GMT

    After all at the end of the day what matters most in a cricketers life is his contribution to the national side & not the so called lucrative leagues around the world.Except the players having trouble with their cricket boards.Hamid Qadir Kashmir

  • cricfan14801231 on February 15, 2017, 9:51 GMT

    I may sound crazy or even mad , why have so many T20 leagues around the world, Just have a world league , have some 20-30 teams ,the teams would be divided in to two groups or say two separate leagues , the first phase of the tournament with one league of team plays from mid may to june , a winner is decided. The second phase with the second league of teams would play from October-November ,a winner will be decided. The two league winners play for the world league cup , this could be a boxing day speciality or a Diwali speciality . The teams could be grouped in phases by lots and the tournament could be controlled by ICC and funded by all boards and then they can split revenue accordingly.The players would be pooled together for an auction and the corporates can own the team ....

  • serious-am-i on February 15, 2017, 8:01 GMT

    @cricfan78118421: I'm not judging anyone mate just conveying SA would fancy their chances & will ride on confidence, it can be a boon for most teams coming in with back-to-back wins while could also be an reason for over confidence as well.

  • GR8GAUR . on February 15, 2017, 7:27 GMT

    IPL is one of the most meaningless tournaments played.

  • Neutral_Cric_Connoisseur on February 15, 2017, 7:07 GMT

    @ I think the same way. For fast bowlers playing consecutive matches is not good, specially for those who do not have fully developed muscles yet. Wonder why SRH played Fizz in almost all matches last year? One of the leading world class bowlers like Boult got only 1 match to play. Consequently BD missed him already in AFG, ENG, NZ and IND series. Not sure if he can return to his normal form in SL or CT. Very unfortunate for BD. It would be nice if IPL team selectors use young fast bowlers roationally this time to extract the best out of them.

  • mindurgame on February 15, 2017, 5:44 GMT

    So most Australian players will hit the jackpot followed by NewZealand players. Ben Dunk, Klinger, Corey Anderson, Boult will be highest paid. My prediction is highest bid will not be more than 8 Cr as max purse balance with teams is around 20 cr from which they need to buy other players as well. SRH and KKR will battle to buy batsmen as both need batsmen. Kings XI and Delhi will battle for bowlers. RCB and Mumbai will get the remains as they have least purse.

  • ullasjp on February 15, 2017, 5:25 GMT

    BCCI should push for ipl window in the ICC calender. It's likely to be 10 teams next year so most of the player will be selected if there is one series also it will change the team dynamics.

  • Kumarpal Vardhan on February 15, 2017, 5:06 GMT

    Don't get why India wants to make their players play IPL.

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