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South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock is in danger of missing the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he is currently nursing a ligament injury in his right index finger.
De Kock sustained the injury after being struck on the hand during the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
Since he is still feeling discomfort, the 24-year-old has been listed as doubtful for the third Test in Hamilton, which starts on Saturday.
To make matters worse, De Kock could also be ruled out of the IPL as it could take four to six weeks for his ligament injury to fully heal.
But, even if De Kock is declared fit for the final Test against the Black Caps, South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee pointed out that the Johannesburg native could jeopardise his chances of featuring in the Champions Trophy in June and the Test tour of England in July if he plays in the IPL.
“We will make a late call on his availability for the match on Friday after he undergoes a fitness test with protective strapping to see if he will be able to bat or keep wicket,” Moosajee said via a Cricket South Africa statement. “Either way, he is going to need a protected period of recovery which will take between 4-6 weeks.
“In the long-term, there is every likelihood of him missing out on the IPL because of the expected recovery time.
“Being a wicket-keeper, every time he catches the ball there is strain on the finger and it makes it difficult to allow for sufficient time to recover.
“If he doesn’t have the 4-6 weeks’ recovery time, further activity could aggravate the injury and it could even jeopardise his participation in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy and the full tour to England.”
De Kock, who was retained by the Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming edition of the IPL, scored 445 runs in 13 matches last year, which included a century and three fifties, at an average of 37.08.
The 2017 IPL begins on April 5, but the Daredevils will kick off their campaign three days later against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.