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BCCI working on SA tour substitute

Amol Karhadkar

September 13, 2013

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The Indian team poses with Table Mountain in the background after achieving a 1-1 draw in the Test series, South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 5th day, January 6, 2011
Plans could be afoot to further reduce the chances of India touring South Africa © AFP

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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Posted by android_user 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.

Posted by santhoo24 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.

Posted by bharatputra83 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.

Posted by jimwhatever on (September 16, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

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

Posted by jimwhatever 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?

Posted by landofcricket 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...

Posted by   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.

Posted by KCKCKC 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!

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