For the remainder of the current Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) season, South African international Keshav Maharaj has joined Fortune Barishal. It is anticipated that he will play against Durdanto Dhaka on February 13 after arriving in Chattogram, it is anticipated.
In order to compete in the franchise tournament, Barishal officially announced that Maharaj would not be participating in the domestic four-day competition in South Africa. Maharaj was notably captaining the SA20 2024 Durban Super Giants. He led the team to the championship game, where they were defeated by Sunrisers Eastern Cape by an inning.
Keshav Maharaj was not allowed to play in the national team’s second Test match against New Zealand.
Now that the SA20 is over, South Africa has the chance to make a personnel change for the second Test after an embarrassing loss to the Tim Southee-led team in the first Test. The think tank, however, has voted against it since it violates Cricket South Africa‘s (CSA) regulation, which requires players to acclimate to venue circumstances prior to playing, as did Maharaj and the other players.
Barishal’s prospects of making it to the competition’s playoffs will increase with Maharaj’s presence. After taking 15 wickets in 13 SA20 matches, he finished the championship tied for fourth place in terms of wicket-taking. Maharaj is anticipated to perform well in Bangladesh’s spin-friendly conditions. On the points table, Barishal is presently ranked fourth. The BPL is nearing its conclusion, with the Khulna Tigers and Sylhet Strikers following closely behind.
No South African cricketers asked for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from CSA, while some asked about the possibility of playing in the current ILT20, according to ESPN cricinfo. Players from South Africa will probably take a breather before joining their respective Indian Premier League franchises, as there are currently no series scheduled. Participants who aren’t on any IPL teams will continue to prepare by competing in local competitions.