South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock is a doubt for this week's third and final test between South Africa and New Zealand after he suffered a finger injury during last week’s second test.
But more importantly, for his Indian fans, the injury now also puts in doubt his IPL commitments next month.
De Kock had an X-ray in Hamilton on Wednesday which showed his finger was not broken but that he suffered ligament damage. The injury however could rule him out of the IPL to ensure he is fit for the Champions Trophy in June and then South Africa’s tour of England, that follows.
If de Kock does pull out of the Delhi Daredevils squad, he will be the second South African to do so, after team-mate JP Duminy announced his decision to stay home due to ‘personal reasons’.
Dr Mohammed Moosajee, SA Team ManagerThere is every likelihood he will miss the IPL because he will need at least four to six weeks recovery. The risk is that if he doesn’t have that four to six weeks rest, and he further aggravates it, it could jeopardise his participation in the Champions Trophy. With that in mind and with the England tour after that, it’s important we give him the allocated time to recover for the injury.
The 24-year-old missed training on Wednesday and Thursday and Moosajee said a decision on whether he played in the third test would not be made until Friday.
(With inputs from Reuters)