People like Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen, among others will be leaving for India after the ODI.© AFP
The club vs country debate resurfaced after all South African players with Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts decided to skip the next two -match Test series against Bangladesh to play in a cash -rich league. They like Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, among others will leave for India after the end of the ongoing ODI series against Bangladesh to take part in the IPL 2022, which starts on March 26, five days before South Africa’s first. -Bangladesh test. This comes after South Africa captain Dean Elgar called it a “loyalty test” for IPL -bound players.
However, former India opener Aakash Chopra has defended the South African and IPL players, saying that this is the way the international cricket market works.
“The question that arises from this is – Is the club bigger than the country? The debate of clubs against the country has gotten a little more heated. The question is – Is the IPL bullying other boards?” Chopra said in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel.
Chopra further added that players should not be forced to pick a team as they will choose IPL over international duty, more often than not.
“Don’t make players make this difficult choice. The conflict of opposing clubs will continue, there will be different opinions about it but the fact is that players will choose IPL earlier than bilateral commitment and the board of directors will not be able to stop it,” he added.
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