Gujarat Titans express ‘Disappointment’ over Miller’s absence in IPL opener
David Miller of South Africa said that his Indian Premier League team Gujarat Titans (GT) were very angry with him and In order to be available for two World Cup Super League (WCSL) matches against the Netherlands, he and other possible members of South Africa’s ODI team decided to forgo the IPL’s first match this year.
Benoni on March 31 and Wanderers on April 2 are the dates for the matches versus the Netherlands. The first match of the IPL will take place on March 31 in Ahmedabad between Gujarat and Chennai Super Kings, the reigning champions. To qualify for the World Cup in October and November in India, South Africa will likely need to win both ODI matches. But, Miller’s fee this season will be paid by the Titans, who will pay him $380,000. Miller stated at a news conference in Potchefstroom on Monday that “they were pretty unhappy.” “Playing in Ahmedabad is always an exciting experience, especially when it’s the first game versus Chennai. Being absent from that makes me a little sad, but donning the green and gold has always been a privilege and an honor. A strong team, the greatest squad we can put together, is unquestionably the way to go because we still have work to do in those two games against the Netherlands. Whether I am slightly upset or not, the process has occurred, and I will miss one game.”
All South Africans signed on by IPL franchises will be subject to the same rules. Miller is probably going to be on the team, along with players from Sunrisers Hyderabad like Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, and Marco Jansen, as well as players from the Delhi Capitals like Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi, Mumbai Indians players like Tristan Stubbs and Dewald Brevis, Lucknow Super Giants players like Quinton de Kock, and Punjab Kings players like Kagiso Rabada. Prior to the South African delegation being allowed to go for India, all 10 IPL teams will be in competition. Similar circumstances happened before the start of the IPL in 2017, when Rabada, Ngidi, Jansen, Markram, and Rassie van der Dussen chose to take part in the league rather than a home Test series against Bangladesh. Afterwards, CSA presented the option to the players.
When asked who made the decision, Miller responded, “We weren’t given an option in any manner,” indicating that the CSA, which has the authority to refuse to release contractual players for franchise leagues, took a stand in favor of the cause at large. “We still have two games that need a lot of practice, despite having our strongest team on the field. The ability to concentrate on that will be welcome “Invoking Miller. He had just returned to South Africa after assisting Multan Sultans in their Saturday victory against Lahore Qalandars in the PSL final in Lahore. Miller was therefore unable to play in South Africa’s first two ODIs against the West Indies, which were not for WCSL points.
The Windies won the second match, played at the same location on Saturday, by 48 runs after the first, which was scheduled for East London on Thursday, was rained out. On Tuesday, the series comes to a close in Potchefstroom.