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Abhishek Singh ∙ Feb 19 2021, 9:00 PM | 1 Min Read

For Kagiso Rabada country comes first, would miss initial days of IPL 2021

South African quick, Kagiso Rabada has indicated that he would miss the first few matches of the Indian Premier League’s 2021 edition. The Delhi Capitals player said that for him, the country comes first and if missing a few IPL games is a hurdle between him and his national duties, he would readily miss them. 

"Country comes first and I may miss a week of the IPL if the Pakistan series is scheduled at the same time the IPL starts,” the 26-year-old was quoted as saying in

“Delhi has been my home in India, but national duty is a priority," he added. 

South Africa are scheduled to host Pakistan from 2nd April to 16th and the series would most likely clash with the start of the IPL, although no date has been confirmed as yet. 

Capitals realising that they might not only miss the services of Rabada but that of his compatriot Anrich Nortje too, chose to strengthen their pace bowling department by buying Tom Curran and Umesh Yadav in the IPL Mini-auction on 18th February.

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