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Indian players in SA20 are BCCI’s prerogative, says Graeme Smith | Cricket

Graeme Smith, Commissioner of Cricket South Africa’s upcoming T20 competition – SA20 made it clear that it is not in his power to involve Indian players in the competition.

“India has some of the most talented and vibrant cricketers in the world. It is clear that everyone would like to see the Indian talent play. Our fans would love it,” he said on the sidelines of the Viacom 18 Sports event in Mumbai. “But it is the prerogative of the BCCI. It’s their players and they can make those choices. If that changes, hopefully it will be an opportunity for us to bring outstanding talent to South Africa. At the moment it is what it is.”

However, Smith suggested exposure to different conditions might help Indian players. “Exposure to conditions… I remember never seeing the ball spin and bounce (before coming to India). I had never seen a short leg and a dumb point. I was used to seeing fielders behind me with people bowling at 90-90 mph. So the exposure is definitely there,” he said. “But it also happens a lot now. India is fielding two excellent teams at the same time.”

It is also clear that the league will not see any Pakistani players, with none of the six franchises that also own teams in IPL enthused. “From a league perspective, we want the best cricketers to play around the world. But we don’t interfere with the selection and the way the franchises want to build their teams,” said Smith.

In addition to SA20, another T20 league in the UAE – ILT20 – will be added to the crowded cricket calendar in January. “I don’t think it’s just about the leagues. Even the ICC has an event every year. It’s getting harder and harder to find time for bilateral cricket,” said Smith.

Tactical substitution is allowed in IPL 2023

The BCCI has informed the franchises that a tactical substitute is allowed in IPL 2023. The final rules of the move are still awaited. The feedback received by BCCI after trying it out in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 is positive. During the domestic tournament, teams were allowed to use an Impact player who would replace each member of the playing eleven before the end of the 14th over of either inning.

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