Ali Bacher asks CSA, GTB to bury hatchet over IPL row

Former South Africa captain Ali Bacher on Wednesday asked the cricket board and its Gauteng unit to resolve the row, arising out of the second Indian Premier League, before it reaches the court.

“Keep the lawyers out of this,” Bacher told the SAFM radio.

Cricket South Africa and Gauteng Cricket Board, which controls the Wanderers, are locked in a tussle that culminated with CSA shifting international matches out of Johannesburg.

Problem started with Gauteng officials flaying CSA CEO Gerald Majola and IPL chairman Lalit Modi, saying Majola had sold off GCB’s rights to the Wanderers without informing them.

An enraged CSA asked the Gauteng officials to apologise to Majola and Modi which they did not, prompting the national body to shift international matches involving England to Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.

“I don’t know the issues but I would like to say that the two sides should negotiate behind closed doors until they reach an agreement. Wanderers is one of the world’s top stadiums and cricket should go on,” Bacher said.

He said the IPL was a great success and the two sides had a responsibility to reach an agreement.

The GCB is challenging the rescheduling of the matches and has sought legal advice on the matter, while CSA also plans to call on the government to intervene.

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