CSA Chief Haroon Lorgat in foreground    AFP
CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat in foreground AFP

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has sent out an ultimatum to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in regards to its support to the Indian Premier League (IPL) for its future editions. CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat has categorically asked the BCCI to confirm India s tour of the South Africa which starts on Boxing Day i.e. December 26, 2017, following which they will confirm their players participation in IPL 2018 and onwards. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri did confirm that such a mail has been sent to them by CSA. He, however, also stated that for the time being, the board has decided to ignore it. CoA invites ICC President Shashank Manohar to IPL 10 final

Confirming the same, Johri told TOI, “I didn’t even bother to communicate. We will communicate when the time is right.” CSA wants India to tour South Africa in the month of December to play the Boxing Day Test, while the BCCI is keen on touring the nation in January. CSA had given its contracted players NOC to participate in the IPL 2017 till May 8, following which none of their players can play for their respective franchises even if they qualify for the final.

Earlier, CSA on the lines of IPL, announced a T20 Global Destination League. The tournament is scheduled to start in early November and the final is slated for December 16. By March itself, the CSA had received more than 150 Expressions of Interest (EoI) from potential owners as part of the first phase of the process. The majority of interest came from South Africa, making up 39 percent of the total EoIs received, with India making up a whopping 35 percent.