TELFORD VICE, Cape Town
FAF du Plessis, Kyle Abbott and Chris Morris might be forgiven if they seem distracted during the third one-day international between Bangladesh and SA in Chittagong today. A hemisphere away, Rusty Theron will now just how they feel.
All four are likely to be affected by the Indian supreme court’s decision on Tuesday to suspend Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the next two editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) over illegal betting and matchfixing.
“Disrepute has been brought to cricket, the BCCI (Board Of Control for Cricket in India) and the IPL to such an extent that doubts abound in the public whether the game is clean or not,” Rajendra Lodha, the former Indian chief justice who headed a panel formed to investigate evidence of corruption in the most lucrative T20 competition, was quoted as saying in media reports.
Du Plessis and Abbott were in CSK colours at this year’s tournament while Morris and Theron were on Rajasthan’s books.
No information has yet been revealed that implicates any of the South African players in whatever dodgy dealings might have taken place. But being without a job in next year’s IPL could cost them more than R12.5-million collectively.
CSK bought Du Plessis for the equivalent of R8.7-million in 2014 and retained his services for this year’s IPL.
They shelled out R2.7-million for Morris at the 2015 player auction, where Rajasthan picked up Abbott and Theron for R580 000 each.
Chennai have been to four IPL finals and were champions in 2010 and 2011. Rajasthan won the inaugural tournament in 2008.