UCBSA assures that the tour will take place

Published: Thursday, September 23, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Durban:South Africa's cricket tour to India in November will take place as scheduled and there are no threats by players to boycott the tour, the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) said on Thursday.

Moabi Litheko, Media Officer for the UCBSA, said that the players have just returned from England and they had not given any indication about threats to skip the tour.

"The United Cricket Board enjoys very good relations with India and there will be no question of players boycotting any tour. In any case it will be against the rules of the ICC," Litheko said.

"I don't know where this reporter got the story from," he said.

"As far as we are concerned the tour is on and the players for the tour will be selected at the end of October," he said.

Litheko was reacting to news reports that South Africa may pull out of the Test series against India later this year if there was no assurance that two of their players -- Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje -- would not be prosecuted during the series.

The Indian police want to question Gibbs and Boje about their alleged involvement in the match fixing scandal during South Africa's tour to India in 2000.

"The Indian authorities have not given us any indication whether they will be questioning the players but we are negotiating with them but have not yet received any indication," Litheko said.

South Africa will play two Tests during the short tour to India in November. According to a South African website Beeld, the players apparently have decided to unite and refuse to go on tour if Gibbs and Boje were not included in the touring party.

"I don't really want to go to India if I am not 100 percent convinced that nothing will happen to me. I want to be guaranteed indemnity from prosecution before I go," Boje was quoted as saying by the website.

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