India news September 13, 2013

BCCI working on SA tour substitute


The BCCI is believed to be working on a back-up plan for the trouble-hit tour of South Africa in November and December. It could involve hosting an ODI tri-series with Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the details are likely to be discussed in Chennai on Saturday, when officials from the three boards attend an Asian Cricket Council meeting.

The ACC meeting is scheduled two days before Cricket South Africa chief Haroon Lorgat and BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel meet in Dubai on the sidelines of an ICC board meeting to try and resolve the impasse over India's tour of South Africa.

If a tri-series is organised, it will effectively replace the limited-overs leg of the bilateral series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE, but it would also mean either a cancelled or severely curtailed India tour of South Africa.

Sri Lanka and Pakistan are set to play two Twenty20 internationals, five ODIs and three Tests from December 11 to January 20. The limited-overs leg concludes on December 27.

India's calendar includes a short series against West Indies in November and a tour of New Zealand from January 19. The only option for CSA is to host India for two Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20 international from December and ending with the New Year's Test. A tri-series in India would cut into this space.

PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed and SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga are expected to represent their boards at the ACC meeting. The ACC is headed by BCCI president N Srinivasan. The CEO of ACC, Syed Ashraful Haq, has also arrived in India.

The schedule for India's tour of South Africa was announced by CSA on July 8 but it immediately fell into problems and the schedule has not been endorsed by the BCCI. Though there has been no official statement, it appears the sticking point seems to be CSA's appointment of Lorgat as its chief executive despite a series of run-ins between Lorgat and the BCCI during his tenure as ICC chief.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on October 17, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    india dont wana make tour bcose they know India will lose the series in SA. they shy to play on bouncy n lively wickets. if u see india track record, their about 80 percent wins at own grounds.

  • Santosh on September 17, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    It's pity that everyone is blaming BCCI for the fiasco yet no one acknowledges the efforts or the lack of, of CSA in the whole process. It takes two to tango. The tour schedule was released without BCCI's consent, and when it was notified by BCCI, the CSA didn't care much. In return, BCCI simply retaliated and showed who's the boss. Now everyone is crying foul and blaming BCCI for the whole thing. Is BCCI to blame for everything, nope, absolutely not. However BCCI could have handled things differently.

  • Samir on September 16, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    @ 2nd_Slip If pointing out that CSA/Lorgat is also to be blamed for not taking the event happening around seriously and trying to resolve it urgently makes me being disgraceful towards my nation, then so be it.

    I hope you know that the word "back-up" doesn't mean complete replacement. It's simply plan B if the talks fail. No harm in preserving your self-interests.

    Also, since you mentioned, I would like to point out that so long as the people of my nation enjoy watching cricket, BCCI is here to stay due to its monetary influence, just like it was in the days when English and later on Australian boards dominated proceedings.

  • jim on September 16, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    when this tour was scheduled i think it was cancelled by india at first.

  • jim on September 16, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    that was one series all wanted to happen and watch. at present the touchstone for the quality of a test playing team is assessed by their performance against SA. all wanted to see how good india is. is india somewhat afraid of sending a young team expecting humiliation?

  • krishna on September 16, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    @greatest game , i agree with your view,history shows that both bcci & csa have been very close friends ,we hope they will solve their temporary ego problems & give us nice bilateral series,@ keith waters YES there is no doubt that ind need to improve their overseas performance especially in AUS & SA...

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    @ landofcricket not sure you can say SA has a poor record in India - out of 5 test series they have won 1 lost 2 and drawn 2, they havent lost a series to India since 2005ish and in India its acutally 5 test wins each. I reckon most teams would be happy with that record and surely even India would be happy to boast that record away to Aus or SA?

    As for this article crying shame that these teams won't go head to head for awhile but hey life goes on.

  • Kartik on September 16, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    The true Indian fan would seriously boycott all BCCI events for being taken for granted like this. To my mind they have pushed the limit on this. This move basically states it really doesn't care at all about the cricket fans in India. Whatever the reason may be a marquee test series like this just cannot be scratched. And really I don't care about he reasons. Cricket has to stand above all issues. Cricket cannot be the loser. Shame on the BCCI!

  • David on September 15, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    @ landofcricket.... continued. I don't believe that India is afraid to tour SA, or anywhere. A 5 test tour of Eng is ample proof. Those who suggest otherwise disrespect a great team.

    India's 2011 tour of SA was the best I've seen. India played stupendous cricket to draw the series after coming in cold to conditions. The Newlands test was a battle between two greats, the likes of which we may never see again. Tendulkar & Kallis each rescued his side & guided them to safety. Kallis, in at 2/24, was last out at 362. Tendulkar in at 2/28, out at 341. Only 2 runs divided the innings!

    Tendulkar's incredible, unforgettable, award wining duel with Steyn was a masterclass in courage, focus & technique ... Kallis' century in each innings, his ribs broken & yet undismissed in the 2nd, a rare display of skill, endurance & unshakable willpower... from each we saw mastery.

    This was to be the last clash between these rare Titans. It is a crime that old grudges between rich men should prevent it.

  • David on September 15, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    @ landofcricket. Thanks for your response. The full record of SA in India is: 1996. 3 Tests: India won 2-1. 2000. 2 Tests: SA won 2-0. 2004. 2 Tests: India won 1-0. (1 draw) 2008. 3 Tests: tie 1-1. (1 draw) 2010. 2 Tests. tie 1-1. 12 matches, each won 5, 2 drawn. India is better at winning series!

    Only 2 games were close: SA won by 4 wickets & India won by 67 runs. 10 were won by big margins: 4 by an innings plus, 2 by 8 wickets, 1 by 280 & 1 by 329 runs! The 2 draws were huge: 1145 for 23, ave 49.78 per wicket, and 1498 for 25, ave 59.8. Neither team came close to domination, & SA has a very even record in India.

    Why these series were so short - 3 were just 2 matches, was probably money, as most tours had 5 ODIs (0 in 2008 and 4 in 2010. In SA they played 1 four match, 3 three match & 1 two match test series.

    In ODIs, at home, India leads 13-10. SA leads 11-7 at neutral venues, & 19-5 in SA. Overall, SA leads 40-25, but sucks in tournaments, winning only 1 CT.