Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat is hoping that the BCCI would allow Indian cricketers to be part of CSA’s Global T20 League in the upcoming editions of the tournament.
Despite the fact that Lorgat was disappointed by the Indian board’s decision to pull out of the Boxing Day Test, he understands the jam-packed nature of the international cricket left the BCCI with no other option.
Talking about the same Lorgat said, “We are disappointed that India won’t be playing the Boxing Day Test because of their own tight schedule which is going into the far end of December by the time the Sri Lankan home series gets over. I believe BCCI too has its own challenges as far as scheduling is concerned.”
BCCI has never allowed its players to take part in T20 leagues outside the IPL still Lorgat is hopeful that the situation might change in the future. He said, “We are happy that all top T20 players from different countries are going to take part in the tournaments. If the Indians walk into this league, it would be good for world cricket and of course for the league. There are 13 countries taking part in the league and I hope the Indians will someday be part of our T20 league.”
The absence of the boxing day Test, which is part of their annual calendar, did disappoint Cricket South Africa, especially considering the fact that they were having these talks with BCCI regarding the schedule over the past 18 months.
However, Lorgat has made a call to his Indian counterparts to allow the Indian players to play in South Africa’s Global T20 League, which is set for its debut later this year. But he was also careful not to go overboard with his comments. Hoping the Indian cricketers to take part in a T20 league outside of the IPL is still a far-fetched indication though as the BCCI is unlikely to let that happen anytime soon.