[caption id="attachment_874279" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-874279" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/BCCI_AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="353" /> While the BCCI claimed that it had made the application in March and waiting for the clearance letter, a sports ministry official said it is yet to get it. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>South Africa's A and women team's upcoming tours to India in late August and September respectively have hit a roadblock as the BCCI is yet to get the mandatory clearance letter from the sports ministry required for visiting sides. <p></p> <p></p>Normally, whenever a country tours India, the BCCI intimates the sports ministry about the itinerary and gets a routine clearance which helps the visiting sides to carry out their visa processes smoothly. The clearance letter normally comes between 30 and 45 days. <p></p> <p></p>While the BCCI claimed that it had made the application in March and waiting for the clearance letter, a sports ministry official said it is yet to get it. <p></p> <p></p>"The application for the clearance was moved to the sports ministry back in March. There has never been such a delay on their part. The A series and women's series start late August and early September," a BCCI official privy to the developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity. <p></p> <p></p>"The clearance letter from the ministry is sent to the Indian embassy in South Africa and it helps in the visa process. This delay is turning out to be a logistical nightmare. We don't know what's the reason for this delay," the official added. <p></p> <p></p>However, when contacted, a source in the ministry said that they are "unaware of any communication from the BCCI". <p></p> <p></p>"Rather than going to the media, the BCCI officials should have come to the ministry if they had an issue," a sports ministry official said. <p></p> <p></p>"One thing should be clear. The BCCI has to approach the ministry for any pending issue and it's never the other way round," the official stated. <p></p> <p></p>A section in the Cricket Board feels that the bigger implication is the case of ministry wanting the country's richest sporting body to completely come under the ambit of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). <p></p> <p></p>On March 18, the BCCI decided to work independently with the NADA for six months on a trial basis without being deemed as a National Sports Federation (NSF). <p></p> <p></p>"This delay for a routine clearance could well mean that the ministry wants to go all out to bring BCCI under its umbrella as a NSF. Otherwise, a four-month delay is unheard of even if we took into consideration that there were general elections," said the BCCI official. <p></p> <p></p>When the same question was posed to the ministry official, he replied: "All NSFs are under one government anti-doping agency and that is NADA. BCCI cannot sign a separate Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the NADA without being fully compliant. In fact, when BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had come for a meeting earlier, the ministry brass had clearly told him so."