The newly-launched South Africa-based T20 tournament has its biggest investment from the Indian Premier League. Multiple IPL franchises have bought teams in the CSA T20 league, and these parent IPL teams had earlier requested the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) to let them rope in their players in the South Africa-based T20 league.
Chennai Super Kings, one of the ten IPL franchises, have asked the board to allow their key player, MS Dhoni, as a mentor in the CSA T20 league. In response, the BCCI has put strict options to choose from according to which, Dhoni should first retire from IPL, and even cut off all relations with BCCI to feature in the CSA T20 league.
According to the details, CSK have asked Dhoni to mentor their team in the South African contest. However, he can only do this while retiring from the country’s own Indian Premier League. The former Indian skipper has been long associated with the Yellow army, and probably, he is the one of the very few cricketers to have played the cash-rich league since its inception.
The CSK captain, and all other Indian players have been once again reminded by the board that the BCCI policies strongly condemn their participation in any T20 league, let it be their own invested CSA or UAE T20 league.
“It’s clear that no Indian player including domestic players can take part in any other league until he is retired from all forms of the game. If any player wants to take part in these upcoming leagues he can only do so when he cuts off all ties with the BCCI,”
“For Dhoni to mentor CSK’s team in CSA T20 League, he needs to retire from IPL as well. Then he can’t play IPL for CSK. He has to retire here first,”