Delhi Daredevils could lose another key player from their ranks for the upcoming Indian Premier League 2017.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock may be the second South African player to withdraw from IPL after injuring his finger during the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
De Kock’s South African and Delhi Daredevils teammate JP Duminy had earlier withdrawn from the IPL due to personal reasons.
De Kock is a doubtful starter for the third and final Test against New Zealand at Hamilton, starting Saturday.
De Kock had hurt his right index finger while batting on the third day of the second Test. He continued batting despite the blow. Scans revealed ligament damage to the top joint of his finger.
The South African team management is assessing whether de Kock would be able to play without any pain for the final Test.
“Tomorrow, we’ll make a late call whether, with the protective strapping the physio is trying to arrange, he can bat,” said team doctor Mohammed Moosajee.
According to Moosajee, de Kock might require four to six weeks for full recovery, almost ruling out his participation from the cash-rich IPL.
“There is every likelihood he will pull out (of the IPL),” he said. “Every time he catches the ball, stress goes on that area. He is going to need a period of recovery.”
The South African team management has reportedly had discussions with Delhi Daredevils coach Paddy Upton to explain the extent of Quinton de Kock’s injury.