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It is up to players to make a choice: Graeme Smith for South Africans wishing to exit IPL 2021

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Director of South Africa Cricket, Graham Smith

Cricket Director for South Africa Graham Smith said the country’s cricket board is always there to help, but cricketers must decide if they want to continue playing in IPL after being hit by storm COVID-19 on Monday.

The COVID-19 outbreak left star-studded IPLs on hooks as Kolkata Knight Riders’ Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier tested positive for the dreaded virus, forcing them to postpone their game against Royal

Challengers Bangalore, while cases also came to light at the Chennai Super Kings camp.

“We offered support to the players and made ourselves available to them if there were any concerns,” Cricket SA Cricket SA director Graham Smith was quoted as saying by iol.co.za.

“Ultimately, it’s up to them to make a choice (about their continued involvement).”

Up to 11 South African players, including a white ball skipper Quinton de Cock, step Kagiso Rabada and a former captain Faf du Plessis, currently participate in IPLs for various teams.

Although there are no Proteas, du Plessis players in KKR, Lungi Ngidi and Imran Tahir play for Chennai, whose bowling coach L Balaji and bus driver are positive.

Many countries, including Australia and New Zealand, have banned flights from India, but South Africa still keeps its borders open and passengers must submit a negative test report within 72 hours of the trip.

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