Citing robs Botha of big bucks

The latest investigation into Johan Botha’s bowling action has cost him a lucrative IPL contract.

Rajastahn Royals had reportedly courted the South African spinner in the build up to the IPL, but when Botha was cited by umpires for throwing in the ODI in Port Elizabeth, the Royals withdrew their offer.

Botha would have been available to play until the results of his tests were made public.

‘I am aware that there had been a sniff from an IPL franchise, but the focus now is to get him tested and cleared,’ Tony Irish, chief executive of the South African Cricketers’ Association, told Cricinfo. ‘I am sure that if he is cleared, there will be a lot of interest in him.

‘I was actually surprised that he wasn’t picked up earlier, because he is without doubt one of the best Twenty20 bowlers in international cricket. But the most important thing is to get to Perth and hopefully get the all-clear to resume his international career.’

Botha will undergo tests at the University of Western Australia next week, the same institute that cleared him in 2006.