Dean Elgar: It is very unlikely IPL players will be selected for Test again

South Africa captain Dean Elgar stoked the debate regarding national players skipping the Bangladesh Test series to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022), claiming he doesn't know if those players will be selected again in the national team.

This comes after South Africa defeated Bangladesh 2-0 in the two-Test series to reverse their ODI series setback. After defeating the tourists by 220 runs in the first Test, the Proteas thrashed them by 332 runs in the second Test at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth.

Keshav Maharaj, who had taken 7/32 in the first Test match victory, took 7/40 in Bangladesh's second innings, which collapsed for 80 runs while pursuing 413 runs to win and tie the game. For his 16 wickets in two Test matches, the 32-year-old South African was also named Player of the Match and Player of the Series.

Kagiso Rabada, Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Rassie van der Dussen, and Aiden Markram were among the first-choice players that elected to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) instead of the Test series.

It should be noted that South African captain Dean Elgar requested that the aforementioned players not travel to India and instead play for their country, describing it as a test of their commitment to the Proteas. Unfortunately, it is clear that none of the players stayed because they had gone to play in the lucrative league.

Elgar stated in a media discussion that he doesn’t know if those people will be selected again, that is beyond his hands.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has an arrangement with Cricket South Africa (CSA) to make its players accessible for the IPL. This was also strongly weighted this time, since the BCCI not only ensured India's success but also ensured their own. When the Omicron strain of the COVID-19 virus was detected in South Africa, a team stayed behind, but the Indian senior team was dispatched for the ODIs and Test series, bringing in much-needed financial aid for the CSA.