Head coach Mark Boucher on South African players’ decision to quit the series against Pakistan

Participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL), some experienced South African players will not be able to play a series against Pakistan. Former cricketer and head coach Mark Boucher has expressed his views on the matter. Boucher is of the opinion that playing in the IPL at the end of this year’s T20 World Cup in India will benefit the players. In addition, the team will also have the opportunity to see bench strength during the series against Pakistan.

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South Africa’s top five players, Quinton Deacock, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi NGD, David Miller and Enrich Nortej, will be available for the two ODIs against Pakistan. He will then travel to India for the IPL starting April 9. Boucher said, ‘These players have advantages and disadvantages of not playing in the series, but we know it beforehand because between the BCCI (Cricket Control Board of India) and CSA (Cricket South Africa), players leave the IPL. Compromised and unable to schedule due to Kovid-19.

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Former South African wicketkeeper-batsman has said that one of the biggest advantages of players playing in the IPL is the T20 World Cup should be played in India later this year. He said, ‘We benefit from participating in the IPL at the World Cup. This allows them to play in different places and understand opposing teams. They don’t go on holiday there and it allows us to try other players. ‘