Hall, Van der Wath back in mainstream of South African cricket

June 2nd, 2009 - 9:47 pm ICT by IANS  

By Fakir Hassen
Johannesburg, June 2 (IANS) South African cricketers Andrew Hall and Johan van der Wath are back in the mainfold after being banned for the past two years because of their involvement in the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Hall and Van der Wath, who ended their contracts with the ICL before the deadline of May 31 set by Cricket South Africa (CSA), could start playing for the country again by October.

Although the International Cricket Council (ICC) had banned the two and several players from other countries as well because of their ICL involvement, the ICC decided earlier this year that it would grant amnesty to players who ended their association with the rebel league.

CSA subsequently agreed to take back the players after an unspecified “cooling off period”.

Hall, currently playing county cricket in England for Northamptonshire, told the Afrikaans weekly Rapport that the amnesty opportunity was too good to pass up: “Our association with the ICL made our lives difficult, because we could not earn a livelihood due to the non-recognition (by the ICC) of the league.”

Hall could also be seen back in action in India as he also confirmed that negotiations with one of the IPL teams were at an advanced stage.

Hall and Van der Wath could be snapped up by provincial sides Cobras and Eagles who will represent South Africa in the Champions League in October in India.

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