Cricket South Africa on Friday decided to introduce a six-month long cooling off period for rebel Indian Cricket League players to pave their return to the main stream.
The six-month period starts from the player's last appearance in the ICL provided he has terminated his ICL contract and franchises will be able to sign up players in terms of the current Memorandum of Understanding or on a pay to play basis.
The players must terminate their contracts by May 31 if they wish to play in next year's Champions' League or Indian Premier League.
In its Board meeting, CSA considered the position of its ICL players and officials who have indicated their desire to return to official cricket under the auspices of International Cricket Council.
The ICC has recommended that there should be a cooling off period between the termination of the ICL contract and the resumption of official cricket and has left it to the member countries to decide on an appropriate time line.
In the high-profile meeting, CSA also decided to resume bilateral ties with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) and help the African nation to return to Test cricket.
Last year, CSA had suspended the bilateral ties with the ZCU because of the general deteriorating situation in that country but since then Zimbabwe has formed a government of national unity.
The ICC had sent a task team to Zimbabwe, their draft report has been presented to the executive board of the world body and have asked members to assist the development of Zimbabwe cricket.
CSA president Mtutuzeli Nyoka has sent a memorandum to all affiliates and associates as well as the CEOs of the franchises, requesting them to restore their previous relationship with ZCA.
The Board has decided to set up a co-ordinating committee to conduct a joint need analysis with Zimbabwe that can be implemented over the next three to five years to enable the ZCU to return to Test cricket.