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Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts and chairman Earl Eddings will reportedly be in India next month in their efforts to resolve the controversy erupted after BCCI accused them of indulging in blackmail.

Three Australian women cricketers – Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy – have been barred by CA from participating in the women’s IPL after dispute with BCCI over the scheduling of a men’s bilateral series between the two countries.

CA’s acting head of team performance Belinda Clark wrote an email in response to the Indian cricket board’s request to release the three cricketers for the event next month. The email was leaked to the media in which Clark indicated that acceptance of the request was subject to BCCI agreeing postponement of the three ODIs in January next year.

“We will be in a position to consider the request when the current issue regarding the men’s ODI series that was agreed in the FTP for late January 2020 is resolved by Rahul (BCCI CEO Rahul Johri) and Kevin (CA CEO Kevin Roberts). I understand that this is being worked through at present,” Clarke wrote an e-mail to the IPL operations team.

BCCI in turn criticised CA for indulging in pressure tactics. “If you look at the contents of Belinda’s email, it is clear that they are resorting to blackmailing tactics. How is releasing women players related to men’s series. It was agreed as per FTP and they want to backtrack now,” a senior official told PTI.

However, CA have denied the allegations saying they had written two more emails asking for assistance with processing of the trio’s visas.

As per a report in The Age, Roberts had planned to travel to India in May but since the development, he’ll likely be accompanied by Eddings to deescalate the tensions.