While many overseas players compete in the Indian Premier League, no Team India cricketer is allowed to play in any foreign league by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Multiple reports have suggested that former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has to take retirement to mentor CSK's Cricket South Africa T20 League team.
Earlier this week, reports emerged that the IPL team Chennai Super Kings-owned CSA T20 League franchise is likely to be named as Joburg Super Kings and former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming is expected to take the head coach role.
A BCCI official told the Indian Express, "It’s clear that no Indian player including domestic players can take part in any other league until he is retired from all forms of the game. If any player wants to take part in these upcoming leagues he can only do so when he cuts off all ties with the BCCI."
On being asked about MS Dhoni's situation to mentor the South African T20 league franchise, the BCCI official stood firm on his retirement take and said, "Then he can’t play IPL for CSK. He has to retire here first."
The inaugural South African franchise cricket league is set to take place between January and February 2023.