Loots Bosman rejects ICL contract
Loots Bosman, the South African opener, has rejected a deal with the Indian Cricket League (ICL), and instead signed with the Indian Premier League (IPL), the ICC-sanctioned Twenty20 tournament.
“It was a tough decision. I still have the ICL contract. It’s difficult having a contract in front of you. It makes it tough to say no,” Bosman told Die Volksblad, a Bloemfontein-based newspaper.
The ICL was reportedly prepared to increase their initial offering of 2.3 million rand (approx US $350,000) for a two-year commitment after they learned of Bosman’s negotiations with the IPL. “I could have delayed my decision and dragged out the process. At the end of the day it’s still my decision. I also decided what was in the best interests of my wife Mandisa and our four-year-old daughter, Khanyi.”
Bosman said wanting to return to the domestic fold influenced his decision – the South African board has imposed bans on players who signed with the ICL, a move which will affect Lance Klusener and Nicky Boje. He becomes the seventh South African to join the IPL, increasing the strength of foreign players to 44. The US$2 million tournament starts on April 2008.
He could make his comeback to domestic cricket for the Eagles’ four-day match against the Titans starting on November 8, after completing a one-match suspension for his outburst against Mickey Arthur, the national coach. Bosman missed out on the ICC World Twenty20, as Arthur wasn’t convinced about his fitness.