Why IPL franchises are ‘upset’ with South African players ahead of IPL 2023

IPL franchises are gearing up for yet another highly competitive month-long contest but ahead of that all ten franchises are dealing with some unexpected development. Yes, all ten IPL franchises are reportedly upset with few of their players for missing out first few games of the competition.

In a fresh and a shocking admission, South African batter and Gujarat Titans’ opener David Miller has said that his IPL franchise, Gujarat Titans is ‘pretty upset’ with the decision that he and other likely members of the South Africa’s ODI squad for Ireland series, would miss the start of this year’s IPL.

But why GT is upset with its most dynamic batter?

Notably, Jos Buttler and other South African players are likely to participate for two World Cup Super League (WCSL) matches against the Netherlands on March 31 and April 2 at Benoni and Wanderers, respectively.

The IPL starts with a game between Gujarat and Chennai in Ahmedabad on March 31, but with World Cup qualification at stake, host of South African players are likely to miss first few days in India.

“They were really upset. Its always a big thing playing in Ahmedabad, especially in an opening game against Chennai. I am a bit disappointed to be missing that, but to put on the green and gold has always been a huge privilege and honour,” Miller said in Potchefstroom on Monday.

Who are the players likely to miss first few games of IPL 2023.

While the South African squad for the Ireland series is yet to clear, but it is likely to include Hyderabad’s Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and Marco Jansen, Delhi Capitals’ Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi, Mumbai Indians’ Tristan Stubbs and Dewald Brevis, Lucknow’s Quinton de Kock and Punjab’s Kagiso Rabadda.

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