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The group is expected to head to other venues in the country later this week, with Durban understood to be next on their agenda

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Reports recently that Cricket SA might assist their Indian counterparts, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, to host next year’s Indian Premier League seemed to be moving a step closer to fruition with an inspection team from the League doing a recce at SuperSport Park yesterday afternoon.

The three person inspection team was accompanied by Cricket SA’s Manager for Cricket Operations, Mike Gajjar as well as SuperSport Park’s stadium manager Jabu Kubeka.

The group were taken through various suites at the ground, the respective dressing rooms and the commentary booths.

The group is expected to head to other venues in the country later this week, with Durban understood to be next on their agenda.

A Cricket SA spokesman confirmed that the group were in the country to do a recce on behalf of the IPL and that two of the group would remain in the country for the duration on the newly launched Mzansi Super League, in an advisory capacity.

The Mumbai Mirror newspaper reported about the recce at the weekend.

The inspections will be done at all of South Africa’s major stadia, with the BCCI apparently keen to host the event here like it did in 2009, owing to the general elections in that country next year.

The dates for the elections are yet to be announced, but if the elections take place before April 15, the whole competition could take place in South Africa.