Cape Town - Eight South Africans will be participating in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which kicks off on Wednesday.
All eyes will be on 21-year-old Kagiso Rabada, who became the only Proteas player bought (by the Delhi Daredevils) at this year's auction, as the others were either retained by their respective franchises, or received a late call-up.
Rabada fetched close to R10m and became the third most expensive foreign player for 2017.
Joining Rabada at the Daredevils will be Chris Morris. Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy were due to represent the Daredevils, but withdrew from the tournament due to a finger injury and for personal reasons, respectively.
Proteas ODI skipper AB de Villiers was set to lead the Royal Challenges Bangalore in Virat Kohli's absence, however the Proteas ODI skipper was ruled out of the team's opening game of the season on Wednesday (16:30 SA time).
If selected in the starting XI, Tabraiz Shamsi will be the only South African participating in the tournament's opening clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and reigning champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Legspinner Imran Tahir was originally snubbed at the auction, but received an
SOS call from the Rising Pune Supergiants when Australian all-rounder, Mitchell Marsh, was ruled out with
Tahir will be joined by his Proteas Test skipper Faf du Plessis at the Supergiants.
The Kings XI Punjab boast two South Africans in their ranks in David Miller and Hashim Amla.
In addition to those South Africans playing, there are several South Africans sharing their wisdom off the field.
Former legendary Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis is head coach of his former IPL team, the Kolkata Knight Riders. Kallis has the assistance of former Proteas team-mate and successful Titans head coach Mark Boucher who takes up the position of fielding coach.
Paddy Upton continues as head coach for the Delhi Daredevils, while Proteas legend Jonty Rhodes stays on as the fielding coach of the Mumbai Indians.
Former Proteas coach Eric Simons lends his bowling wisdom on to the Rising Pune Supergiants, while former Proteas bowler Allan Donald continues as bowling coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The tournament ends on May 21 with the final in Hyderabad.
Earlier this year, De Villiers said it was likely that Cricket South Africa will call the national players back early from the IPL in order to prepare for the ICC Champions Trophy in June.
List of South Africans in IPL 2017:
Sunrisers Hyderabad: No South Africans
Royal Challengers Bangalore: AB de Villiers, Tabraiz Shamsi
Rising Pune Supergiants: Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir
Mumbai Indians: No South Africans
Kolkata Knight Riders: No South Africans
Kings XI Punjab: David Miller, Hashim Amla
Gujarat Lions: No South Africans
Delhi Daredevils: Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada