With Indian Premier League 2020 all set to begin on 19 September in UAE, the teams are beginning to face number of challenges in order for their participation in the mega tournament. New Zealand and South Africa have initiated the processes of giving No Objection Certificates (NOC’s) to its players however, South Africa finds the participation of its players doubtful.
The big reason behind the uncertainty is the pandemic with an increase in the number of cases in the country. With a steep rise in the number of cases, the South African government has implemented a strict lockdown once again with no international flights hence, leading to the participation of South African players strongly depending on the resumption of the international flights or the special arrangement provided by the BCCI or the IPL franchises itself.
In case the South African players are unable to make it to the tournament then the franchises that will be most affected are Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bengaluru as both the teams have three players each from South Africa.
There are strict conditions in which South African citizens are allowed to travel:
- Those receiving emergency medical attention for a life-threatening condition.
- Any evacuation of a South African national or permanent resident to the Republic.
- Repatriation flights, either entering or leaving South Africa.
- The transportation of fuel, cargo, and goods or any humanitarian missions that are scheduled to take place