Recently, Chief executive of Cricket South Africa (CSA), Haroon Lorgat wrote a letter to Rahul Johri, the CEO at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in order to request a confirmation about India's tour of South Africa starting with the Boxing Day Test later this year. Lorgat also said that only after confirmation of the tour he would agree to South African cricketers continuing to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Talking about the letter with TOI, Johri said, "I didn't even bother to communicate. We will communicate when the time is right.”
It seems that CSA is trying to arm-twist the BCCI by "dangling the carrot" of IPL involvement. Lorgat took a rebellious stand and decided not to extend the timeline for Proteas players playing in the IPL. The South African players were expected to leave the IPL 2017 by May 8, following which they have now left their respective franchises.
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In the recent board meeting in ICC, CSA voted against the BCCI in both finance and governance policy changes, in an expectation that BCCI will support their proposed Global Destination T20 League. It is expected that the GD T20 league will commence in November and on the other hand while India is trying to fix their own home season, especially in the wake of ICC developments.
According to the reports, CSA is expecting that Indian team will tour to South Africa in December this year, keeping the Boxing Day Test in mind whereas the BCCI hasn't confirmed anything yet. However, the inside sources said, "India could tour South Africa starting January".