India in South Africa 2013-14

CSA-BCCI meeting rescheduled to October 12

Amol Karhadkar

October 11, 2013

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Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani's meeting with N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, to discuss India's tour to South Africa has been rescheduled to Saturday, owing to the change in Nenzani's travel plans.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Nenzani arrived in Mumbai on Friday evening and will meet with Srinivasan, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel and treasurer Anirudh Choudhary along with top executives Saturday morning at Cricket Centre, BCCI's headquarters.

While CSA are hoping BCCI would agree to play three Tests and as many ODIs, the BCCI camp was non-committal about the tour. Even though Patel had told ESPNcricinfo two days ago that they were "very positive" about the tour, the fate of the tour will be finalised tomorrow.

It is understood that the BCCI would discuss the tour itinerary, which has been hanging in the balance ever since it objected to fixtures a day after CSA announced them in July, only after "all the impending issues" have been resolved.

There is no clear indication as to what those impending issues are. The meeting on Saturday will take place without the involvement of CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

Lorgat's appointment earlier in the year is said to have worsened the relationship between the two boards. During his stint as the ICC chief executive, Lorgat was involved in a tussle with the BCCI over various issues. As a result, the BCCI expressed its reservations to CSA before it appointed Lorgat as the CEO.

It was later revealed that during the course of applying for the post of CSA chief executive, Lorgat had presented a reference letter from former BCCI chief IS Bindra, who happens to be persona non grata in the existing BCCI set-up.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Considering the itinerary that BCCI has already fixed with NZ and farwell of sachin tendulkar at home, there is only a window for 3 ODIs and 2 Tests between India and SA so that Indian players get adequate gap between the series.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

This entire affair has become like a day in a soap opera!! Kindly finalize this matter once and for all so that we can enjoy a good series however short it may be!!!

Posted by CRIC_FAN94 on (October 11, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Hope the officials from the two country boards come out with good news .Still we have a chance of watching a 3test and 3 odi's series if everything goes good. We know that west indies series ends on 27th NOV ,so the indian squad should leave to SA on 29th and then play a 2day warmup on 1st DEC and followed by a 3day warmup on 4th to 6th DEC then a three days rest for the first test to start from 10th DEC followed by 2nd and 3rd tests on 18th and 26th Dec respectively. Now a 3 match odi series can be scheduled on 3rd ,6th and 9th of JAN with two days gap between each odi. And if both boards agree for a T20 aswell it can be held on 13th. Then the Indian team can move on to NZ on 14th JAN or if the board wants a good preparation for the team ,it can sack the only T20 and start earlier to the NZ tour . NOTE :- this schedule also satisfies the CSA over boxing day test issue and it also provides enough rest for the two teams between each test or a Odi matches

Posted by binojpeter on (October 11, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

Considering the itinerary that BCCI has already fixed with WI and NZ, there is only a window for 3 ODIs and 2 Tests between India and SA so that Indian players get adequate gap between the series. ODIs on December 8, 12 and 15 can be played and Tests on Dec 26-30 and Jan 2-6 can be played. That is all I can see realistically.

Posted by Ben2014 on (October 11, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

I'll advocate for 3 tests (no ODI's) and a T20 if there is time. They can have ODI's later next year - if their (CSA & BCCI's) relationship improves.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (October 11, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

@csk ku periya whistle adinga, I read somewhere that single ODI against india earns more money for csa than a test match played for 5days. with the time available, even 9 odis and 3 t20is are possible. But if the tests are removed from the schedule BCCI will be accused of neglecting test matches. Lets see what csa and bcci decide, given the exceptional circumstance that csa is found itself in.

Posted by IndianEagle on (October 11, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

7 odi and 3 t20 is feasible and also financially good too for SA

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