The international cricket schedule in the lead up to the 2017 IPL has been jam packed for most countries and it appears the schedule has taken its toll on a number of players who have suffered injuries and will most likely not be a part of the 2017 IPL.
The on-going test series between New Zealand and South Africa in New Zealand has saw a string of injuries with Tim Southee and Trent Bolt, the spearheads for the Black Caps being forced to sit out of the fourth test due to injury. As of now it is not clear how serious the injuries are to both the pacers and if it would delay the IPL participation or fully cancel their season.
The dynamic and hard hitting Quinton de Kock also suffered an in injury but the Proteas decided to risk him for the fourth test but have confirmed that he will not take part in the IPL. JP Duminy does not have an injury as of now but decided to opt out citing personal reasons. The Australians who are playing a 4 test series in India have already lost all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and strike bowler Mitchell Starc and both of them will not feature in the IPL.
Indian captain Virat Kohli suffered a serious shoulder injury during the third test and there is speculation that it might keep him out of the fourth test or hinder his performance if he decides to fight it out in the middle. Kohli should be fit enough in time for the IPL but it all would depend on how his shoulder responds.
The string of injuries will be a serious cause for concern to the IPL franchises who have paid a significant amount of money for the likes of Trent Bolt and Mitchell Starc. Some of the franchises have decided that their bench strength of international players is strong enough for them to replace their fallen stars. However other franchises like the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) who had a horrible debut season in 2016 have decided to make quick purchases and replace their injured players.
RPS decided to replace Mitchell Marsh with South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir who was not purchased by any franchise during the IPL auction. Tahir will now be the second leg-spinner in the side as Australian Adam Zampa was the first choice. It is highly unlikely that the franchise will play two leg-spinners together, which means that Tahir will most likely get an opportunity only if Zampa fails.