Dean Elgar hopes players will choose loyalty over IPL

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Dean Elgar hopes players will choose loyalty over IPL

Dean Elgar hopes players will choose loyalty over IPL
Dean Elgar, the South African Test captain, has prompted his team members to set priorities on national duty over the upcoming IPL against Bangladesh because it is a test of loyalty for them.

South Africa will play Bangladesh in three one-dayers and two Tests beginning March 18, while the IPL will take place from March 26 to May 29. The ODIs will take place on March 18, 20, and 23, with two Tests following on March 31 and April 12.

Cricket South Africa, according to ESPNcricinfo, has left it up to the players to choose between the lucrative league and representing their country in the Bangladesh series.

Elgar stated that the players must indicate whether they want to play in the IPL or for the Test team when they contact Cricket South Africa. Putting that in the players' box is a bit of a challenge, but he supposes this is where one can see where players' loyalty lies. They must remember that it was Test or one-day cricket, not the other way around, that got them into the IPL.

At this year's IPL, 11 South African players have been signed by various clubs, including six Test regulars and three ODI players.

In fact, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, and Marco Jansen, as well as top batters Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius, and limited-overs wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, have all signed IPL contracts.

Elgar will be left with a reduced attack if the top pacers opt for the IPL, with Lutho Sipamla, Wiaan Mulder, and Glenton Stuurman, and the Proteas skipper has stated that he needs to know about their availability in order to prepare for the Bangladesh series.

Elgar commented that he wished he knew more for his own sanity and so that he could start preparing, realising that most of his bowlers may not be available if they choose to participate in the IPL.

He explained that it's a little more challenging if he doesn’t have everyone at his disposal. For him, it's a bit of a challenge. He added that he won't be able to take the field without his strongest side. He needs to bring his best self to the table. If they are not available, they will have to sit down and work through it.

Elgar stated that he will attempt to make the players aware of their role in the team in order to assist them in making better decisions.

Last year, the CSA allowed the players to participate in the IPL midway through a white-ball series against Pakistan, and CEO Pholetsi Moseki said the board will continue to do so "because we don't want to force anything on them."