Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive of Cricket South Africa (CSA), has reportedly written to Rahul Johri, the CEO of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), informing him that the South African players will be allowed to play in the Indian Premier League only if the BCCI confirms India’s tour of South Africa starting with the Boxing Day Test later this year.
Earlier this year, Lorgat had said India are set to tour South Africa to play four Tests, five ODIs and three T20s towards the end of the year. Initially, Sri Lanka was scheduled to play Proteas during that period of time but Lorgat had said it was highly unlikely.
“I’ve given an indication to Sri Lanka that that tour is unlikely,” Lorgat had said in January. “We’ve got a very packed season coming up, starting with Bangladesh in the early season. We’ve got India touring for four Test matches plus five ODIs and three T20s, and then we follow with Australia for four Test matches. It’s very unlikely, and I’ve already given the indication to Sri Lanka that they should avail themselves to someone else.”
However, the Indian cricket board, on their part, have not confirmed anything yet. As per reports in The Times of India, Rahul Johri confirmed receiving the letter from Lorgat but said that he had ignored the request, saying that the BCCI would communicate at the right time.
“I didn’t even bother to communicate. We will communicate when the time is right,” Johri was quoted as saying by the news outlet.
And with nothing concrete coming out from the BCCI side, the South Africa cricket board is threatening to give its players the go-ahead to play in the Indian Premier League only if the India board replies in positive for the tour. The Cricket South Africa had also not extended the window for its cricketers playing in the IPL. The players have left India before May 8 to prepare for the three-match One-Day International series against England starting on May 24.
The report further claimed that a reliable source has said that India could tour South Africa starting January while another source has said that Cricket South Africa’s stand on the whole issue is unfair considering BCCI’s current weak situation.