Proteas still involved in IPL

2010-04-22 14:17

Johannesburg - Five members of the Proteas squad for the ICC World Tenty20 (T20) tournament in the West Indies, are still doing duty in the Indian Premier League, and will fly directly to the West Indies from India.

Although the Mumbai Indians beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs in the first semi-final in Mumbai on Wednesday, all-rounder Jacques Kallis and fast bowler Dale Steyn are both needed to help the Challengers win their third placed play-off match and secure a berth in the Champions League later this year.

However, spin bowler Roelof van der Merwe and wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, were considered surplus to the Challengers' requirements, and returned home early.

"The teams can only play four foreign players, and so Boucher and Van der Merwe were released before the start of the knock-out stages of the competition," explained Proteas media spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith.

Herschelle Gibbs (Deccan Chargers), JP Duminy (Mumbai Indians) and Albie Morkel (Chennai Super Kings) will all be in India until the end of the tournament.

Ryan McLaren will probably represent the Mumbai Indians in the final in Mumbai on Sunday, but he is not part of the South African T20 squad, and will fly home to South Africa after the match.

The remainder of the Proteas squad leave from OR Tambo International on Saturday evening. They have been able to revert to their itinerary of flying to the Caribbean via London, after the re- opening of European air space.


  • Crimson - 2010-04-22 14:58

    I hope Royal Bangalore lose third place play off, would rather have Kallis and Boucher playing for the Warrior in the Champuions league. Who gets preference, loyalty to Warriors or the $$$$ that Bangalore have to offer? Quite a scenario. Any thoughts?

  • Lebo Madubanya - 2010-04-22 15:38

    That's a tough one. In all honesty I wished to see more of Boucher and to some extent Roelof in the IPL. I am not sure how the effect of being ommitted from the squad had on an incoming international player like Roelof. As for Mark, it's ok I guess. He can then focus all his energy on the coming tough tours following the world cup. But yes I agree that it would be nice to see a South African franchise team doing well in the champion trophy. Clearly Rusty Theron, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Wayne Parnell would represent Warriors.

  • Stephen - 2010-04-22 16:15

    @Crimson, I have heard that the IPL franchise has to pay a quite substantial fee to the local franchise say Warriors if they want to keep the players say Boucher from playing for local team. Thats why Gibbs played for Cobras instead of Deccan in 2009 champions league

  • Chris - 2010-04-22 16:28

    One cannot help but spare a thought for Ryan the probable winning team and contributing to their success, but not in the national squad

  • Noodles - 2010-04-22 17:21

    Ryan McLaren just isnt good enough. mediocre at both batting and bowling but i suppose he can be a handy backup player

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