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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   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!

Posted by Greatest_Game 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.

Posted by Greatest_Game 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.


Posted by tanstell87 on (September 15, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

BCCI - play 3 tests against South Africa in South Africa...thats what every Indian fan wants to watch...the young guns against Steyn,Morkel & Philander in their own tri-series in April & one is interested in IPL as Sachin is not there...

Posted by landofcricket on (September 15, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

@ greatest game. I never said SA has never won test series in india.after touring lot of times they managed to win only one series in india...from this i m saying SA also has poor record in india except that one series,,OK i made mistake i should have put india instead of subcontinent..because you started to count test series win even against bangladesh...but at end of the day i accept SA is best test side than india.while india is better limited over team than SA considering 2 oneday WC,one t20 Wc,2 Champ tropyhy Sa has only one CT.... i also commented about tindia vs eng next year 5 match would have been nice if u also gave answer for that question....

Posted by CalmIndiaFan on (September 15, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

My letter to BCCI: (Please email BCCI asking them not to cancel the series)

Dear Sir,

I am extremely pained to read reports of BCCI curtailing or canceling altogether India's scheduled tour to South Africa in November.

This would be a huge mistake - for the fans and for the board.

Cricket in India is going through challenging times with the Board's incompetence and mismanagement of the various cricketing related issues. There is constant infighting within the Board's senior management and within it's various factions.

In all this, the die-hard fan has been eagerly awaiting the India - SF test series in SF. Everyone in the world has been looking forward to this con "test" between the world's 2 best teams. The last series between these 2 teams in SF was a cracker and the fans deserve another full series.

Should the BCCI curtail or cancel this tour, millions of fans will be bitterly disappointed andwill blame BCCI. I personally will hold BCCI responsible for letting ego and greed

Posted by Capricorn60 on (September 15, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

@PrasPunter Have said absolutely nothing against the great Aussie & WI teams of the past but it is getting boring playing them so often now. As for my team, I don't have a bloated image of them but surely even you will have noticed our teams at all levels [the 1st team, the A team, U23, U19 etc] have been winning every series, tournament etc recently. However still like India to be tested against the best opposition - this is why like many Indian fans I would be excited by them playing a high profile 4/5 Test series away against SA who are the No 1 ranked Test team at present. Problem with envious people like yourself is that if we continue playing against lower-ranked teams at home, you again will be the first to jump up & say we are scared of playing top teams & just play at home to boost our player averages - so can't win either way with the likes of you!

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (September 15, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

@Posted by Greatest_Game on (September 15, 2013, 1:40 GMT): "@ landofcricket: that's the answer!...." Actually the answer to his question would have been: SA have won ONE series in India. In rest of subcontinent, they have won 5 series, two of which were against perennial minnows Bangladesh and one in '93 against the then minnows SL who had W/L ratio of 0.19 at that point. Rest of the answer, while factual, is just unnecessary gloating.

Posted by   on (September 15, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

India is just afraid of another white wash.Simple because they know that Indian team is no more than the home's tiger.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (September 15, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

@ landofcricket writes that "its really funny to hear some fans saying that ind afraid of sa tour,,its fact that ind didn't win test series in SA..but what about SA in india??how many series they won in subcontinent??.

In the sub-continent, SA won a series in EVERY country!! Bang 03 & 08, India 2000, Pak 97 & 07, Sri Lanka 93. SA won 6 series, & lost 5. SA won 13 matches & lost 10. SA has a sub-continent SERIES & MATCH WINNING RECORD!

In SA, sub-continent teams won 5 matches. SA won 28 - a W/L of 5.6. NO sub-continent team EVER won a series in SA.

India vs SA: in India, each team won 5 matches - no winning record. India cannot dominate at home. In SA however, SA won 7, India won 2! SA dominate India at home - W/L ratio 3.5! India, of course, has NEVER won a series in SA.

@ landofcricket: that's the answer! SA has a SERIES WINNING and MATCH WINNING record in the sub-continent! In SA, India are match & series LOSERS. FACT! You don't know much cricket history, do you? Not at all!

Posted by m23khan on (September 15, 2013, 0:49 GMT)

As a PAK fan, I would believe this only when PAK is in INDIA and actually playing the match. With so many layers to get through for PCB whenever India is involved in the picture, India should have just invited Bangladesh or Afghanistan to play in place of Pakistan.

Posted by Me_A_Gemini on (September 14, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

@Tushar Tyagi: My friend, my comment does not belong to any country, it is only based on facts. And, as far as India's ranking is concerned, it is mainly because India play a lot in India. Please go and check the scorecards of India's latest tours to England and Australia, you will definitely agree with me.

Posted by Ben2014 on (September 14, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

People can wag their tongue about India not being able to face SA. But it is NOT. The real issue is Haroon. He should make an effort to patch things up. He knows that he messed things up for BCCI while he was the CEO of ICC. So he has the responsibility to set that right. Having said that, BCCI should not stoop that low to cancel the tour altogether. Don't do that BCCI. As long as this is just a backup plan, it is ok but if this is meant to cancel the SA tour then it is foolhardy of BCCI. Moreover the fans were looking forward to this series. BCCI has the responsibility to explain to us why this ? Come out with it otherwise fans will revolt or presume wrong reasons for the BCCI's action

Posted by venkatesh018 on (September 14, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

Gautam Kunapuli...You just echoed the majority of Indian Cricket Followers' feelings so succinctly.

Posted by cric_J on (September 14, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

@Greatest_Game (14:06 GMT, Sept 13) : Couldn't agree more with you. Unlike a lot of Indian fans here, I'm not going to defend the BCCI for each and every senseless and rather ridiculous decision that they make , just because they are the national cricketing board of my country.

All this gibberish that the BCCI is making up is because of the reasons you stated. There might be more to it than has been made public. This is just a few top officials satisfying their ego at the cost of the game, the cricketing action. They are sacrificing a series which I and most other cricket lovers had been waiting for desperately. It is just immature, pitiful and gross behaviour by BCCI and one that deeply saddens me as an honest and genuine lover of cricket and Indian cricket in particular.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

BCCI kindly let cricket as cricket and it is not a power!

Posted by sidd198723 on (September 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

@Gautam Kunapuli your post is the most sensible post by some margin here :D

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

Oh goodie. India have only played Sri Lanka 37 times in ODIs since 2009, out of 131 total (29%). Since the India-Sri Lanka rivalry is probably the greatest in the entire world of sports, with high levels of interest in even such non-cricketing countries like the Faroe Islands and North Korea, this series is highly relevant and important.

Also, India simply don't play Sri Lanka enough! I mean, think about it: since 2009, India have played the West Indies in 19 ODIs, England in 17 and Australia and New Zealand in 13 each. That's 62 entire ODIs India could've been playing Sri Lanka but did not!

South Africa? Pshaw? Why play challenging cricket on one of the toughest tours in the world, when we can stay at home and not have to worry about pitches, fast bowlers, or even the seam of the cricket ball? Fiddlesticks. Dead tracks and dead rubbers are how World Champions establish their relevance and superiority.

Posted by sidd198723 on (September 14, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

@Prashant Kumar ,you sir is simply pathetic. No one wants to see a boring ODI series between India and SriLanka. We already had enough of that.A pentagular series??? You got a seriously poor choice dude

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

A good idea of skipping a tour which surely going to hit India's reputation as everybody knows that facing Dale Styne would be too huge a task by the indian batsman. Keep Up your ego BCCI !

Posted by TheUltimateTruth on (September 14, 2013, 10:54 GMT)

To those that say India are afraid to play SA, I don't get that. India has already lost its away series to Eng and Aus, 0-8. SA is a better team than both Eng and Aus. The expectation is India will be whitewashed in SA too. They do have some hope in the form of the newer players like Dhawan, Vijay, Rohit, Pujara, Bhuvi, and Ashwin. It is India's burden to prove they can win at least one test in SA. Why would they give up on the opportunity? I genuinely think it is BCCI's ire against Lorgat. What a shame that cricket fans are paying the price.

Posted by AltafPatel on (September 14, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

@Prashant Kumar if you want to play alone then why do you invite foreign players for IPL ? why you are speechless when IOA banned Indian association and F-1 ? the root of all problems is corrupted administrator of India whether it's Cricket, Olympic or any other game.

Posted by AltafPatel on (September 14, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Amazed that ego of few individuals pull-off a great part of the game from cricket lovers.

Posted by mainul079080 on (September 14, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Pakistan seems to have become the toy of BCCI. They curtailed practice matches in tour to South Africa to play a rubbish 3 match ODI series in INDIA on request(or command?) of INDIA.The result was underpreparation to face mighty SA & 3-0 dumbwash by South Africa. Now they are ready to accept again curtailing their own home series against Srilanka for sake of BCCI!Alas! If Pakistan government was so compromising as PCB to India, peace would have prevailed between these 2 countries. Pak cricket has thrown away its glory, honour. Pathetic.

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (September 14, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

@ bharatputra83,Prashant Kumar and all you Indian fans condoning BCCI's behaviour, you are all disgracing India,Indian cricket and more importantly the sensible thinking Indian fans. This attitude is just not acceptable!!. Hence you forget there was test cricket long before India became a monetary powerhouse in the game ,and it shall live on without the BCCI and its money. Watch this space .BCCI is playing with fire, and sooner or later other boards will stand up to it and the outcome wont be pleasant for the game all together.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

@PrasPunter: Yes and that is what 90 percent of the cricket fan in the world want.Please leave us alone and enjoy the propped up averages of our great players!! If South African tour is called off, it will be because of one person - Haroon Logart. He is not a bigger cricket administrator than Ali Bachar who recently urged to resolve the issue as soon as possible because Indian and South African cricket boards and even nations always have had great relations and this one guy is committed to ruin everything.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

BCCI trying to cash in on here. They do not want to see India getting thrashed in SA. Instead a triseries involving Pakistan and SL in India would work in India's favor, as India would comprehensively beat both the teams.

Posted by Modi_Sid on (September 14, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Being a cricket fan. I eagerly waiting this tour so that our so called best batting line up thoroughly tested against best bowling line up in bouncy condition. But its on verge of being cancelled. I am sure reason is not appointment of haroon lorgat or something else, only reason that I can visualize that BCCI wants to make money on the Sachin's 200th test & now India-Pak will be ice on cake. If no option remains than it is ok that tri-series involving pakistan but why SRI-LANKA. Would not be it is better option if tri series involving INDIA-SOUTH AFRICA - PAKISTAN & that took place in SA so that CSA benefited by it!!!

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 14, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

@Capricorn60, the bored teams like Aussies and WI dominated the game like no-other team did. On the contrary, whats your team upto ? I think you have a very bloated image of your team.

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 14, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

@Prashant kumar, that will be a very nice way to prop-up the averages of your great batsmen, isn't it ?

Posted by bharatputra83 on (September 14, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

As much as everyone is criticising BCCI, one must also think about what Lorgat has been doing all this while. When BCCI first expressed outrage at the schedule being declared official by the CSA without their approval, nothing came from Lorgat or CSA as means of damage control. CSA/Lorgat simply maintained their silence for about more than a few weeks.

Later on, BCCI announced the West Indies series and still no communication from the CSA/Lorgat or any signs of them looking concerned. Only when the BCCI also announced the New Zealand series that Lorgat gave some semblance of a reply and even in that reply, there was absolutely no sense of urgency with Lorgat wanting talks when board officials meet in a pre-scheduled meeting.

Don't know about you guys, but it seems to me that Mr.Lorgat is not much interested in saving this India-SA series. Can't blame the BCCI for having a back-up plan just in case the CSA-BCCI talks fail after a couple of days, considering the lack of interest shown.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

So who could SA get in to replace India? If Pakistan & Sri Lanka are going to India, England are in Australia and WI are in NZ for a test series. That leaves Zimbabawe & Bangladesh.....

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

It is a great pity that bcci is taking the easy route to sustain the interest of the Indian public by avoiding SA tour. Althogh for the time being India will be winning those meaning less odi's,in the longer run the public will lose their interest in cricket itself.Even if India is mauled in SA ,atleast the so called paper tigers will be exposed and the public will identify quality cricketers.Even in the 70's when India was losing test matches there was a huge following because of cricketers like gavaskar,vishwanath and the spin quartet. so wake up Bcci...

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (September 14, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

India's tour of SA, if cut short/cancelled, will especially hurt test cricket. There has been no official word yet but it is looking increasingly likely that it will be a much shorter tour. 3 tests are a must imho.

While it is easy to jump the gun and conclude that BCCI has already cancelled the tour, everyone must stop speculating and wait for official announcement. I think this news merely says BCCI are looking at backup options.

This is not surprising as CSA and Lorgat, despite his initial claims, don't seem interested in going that extra mile to adress BCCI's concerns. Silence (in public maybe) from CSA is strange and it wont work. Cricket is a serious business and in business you value your partners, especially if they are stronger. Good or bad, this is how corporate world works.

I see a lot of posters questioning if Indian players are afraid to play SA in SA. I think that is ridiculous. This is between CSA and BCCI and players, Sachin included, would have little say in it.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

I don't know why BCCI is taking so much time to call off South Africa tour. No one in India(except handful of old Test loving people) is interested in SA tour. The prospect of a triangular tournament between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in India is a mouth watering prospect.For 90 percent of cricket fans of the World who lives in sub continent, this is the real deal. Better make it a Pentangular tournament by inviting Bangladesh and Afghanistan as well.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

@ bigben_bigben really but then again The UK gives about £300 million a year to India to help the poor so will the BCCI give CSA £300 million? I'm not crying cause it doesn't really affect me like I said before it will only really affect the india players who will go down as never have been tested against the best. CSA should just cancel India's tour and arrange to play someone else

Posted by THE_MIZ on (September 14, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Seriously, another tri-series including Sri Lanka!!! I wonder if somebody took count of the no. of games involving india and Sri Lanka in the past few years. Regarding the SA tour, I wouldn't blame Tendulkar, he was their best player when they last came here. I do believe the BCCI is chickening out because they fear another whitewash will diminish all the good work India have done in the past year. Either that or they being petty over Lorgat's appointment. Either way, very childish! Preventing 2 quality sides a chance to show their worth. Bear in mind, a successful tour for the inexperienced team would go a long way to their long-term development

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

I think the BCCI has the right to decide the country it wants to tour as it is within its right as per the ICC laws. You just cannot against BCCi's interests and want them to go out of their way to generate revenue for you. You either be friends with them or boycott them and look for revenue elsewhere. The problem here is CSA wants the best of both worlds which just is not possible.

Posted by Capricorn60 on (September 14, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I am simply bored with us playing SL & other teams like the Aussies, WI etc. I want us playing the best Test opposition and as SA are the the No. 1 ranked team at present, priority should be given to playing them which every Indian fan would be excited about. To have the prospect of seeing our star players like Dhawan, Kohli etc take on the likes of Steyn, Morkel etc is what Test cricket is all about. So I hope these those in power in the BCCI put their big collective ego & arrogance aside in giving us this Test series vs SA that we want & demand!

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

It is clear for some time that the BCCI lacks maturity and needs growing up. I wonder who elects them. A day may come when Indian cricket will be in isolation and would be just be an entertainment for the masses like Bollywood. For many who consider the game of cricket is a combinstion of Science, art and entertainment, that would be a sad day

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

I have been following Indian cricket right from 1960 when I was only 6 years old. We all used to feel so thrilled those days whenever India had a chance to play test matches whether it was in India or abroad. We just used to win an odd match here and there and that too in India but still we used to feel so happy and keep following the game. I feel so sad that India having acquired super power status in cricket is acting the big boss. We cant criticize south Africa and say that they have not won in Sub continent, they did beat India in India when Tendulkar was captain. Even in the last 2series played here they took the lead although both the series were shared. We have yet to win a series either in Australia or South Africa. We are acting big brother even to our fellow Asian mate Bangladesh because we have yet to host them for a test series in India. We will fall like Australia who were arrogant in the last two decades,

Posted by din7 on (September 14, 2013, 7:00 GMT)

So BCCI is goin to save us from whitewash in SA..but how are they goin to save us from whitewashes in eng and aus...fightin with their boards too...hahahah..shame on us...we are too scared to play world no1...SA have already got 3 teams all out for 47,49,43 i bcci is saving indian team from another disgrace might somehwhere in between i guess 45 or 44 all out or like...hahahah well done BCCI

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

@just_test_lovers India A team won recently concluded tri series and 4 day match in SA. India really wanted to go ahead with the series. Had they not, they wont have sent their team unnecessarily. It's not the question of getting scared, it's the question of pissing big bosses. You piss them, you pay for it. Simple

Posted by just_Test_lover on (September 14, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

I rate Eng, SA, NZ, Aus, WI and Zimbabwe should boycott India. Never has a country acted so against the sport than India. They scared of playing No. 1 team. SA would easily tour India we not affraid.

I think it is a shame they scared to risk their team. We can't win away so not travelling. Such a baby approach. I hope they suffer in future tours!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (September 14, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

@ Sandip Manjrekar. I have read some strange comments here, but yours is the most out of touch I have seen. You wrote "They (Steyn, Morkel & co) are taking wickets on fast & bouncy pitches only. They are not good enough to dominate Indians." Feb 6, 2010, SA vs India at Nagpur. Steyn took 7 for 51 as SA won by an innings. He dominated India.

You wrote "Where are these bashers when Proteas' SL Tests series was cancelled? Were they scared about white wash by SL in spite of rank no.1?" Sri Lanka cancelled the series. SA wanted to play the tests. It was completely SL's decision.

It is difficult to write comments that are so out of touch and absolutely wrong, and yet somehow you managed to do just that!

Posted by landofcricket on (September 14, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

its really funny to hear some fans saying that ind afraid of sa tour,,its fact that ind didn't win test series in SA..but what about SA in india??how many series they won in subcontinent??.SA has to beat subcontinent teams in subcontinent..then only they r real number one team..even though india lost 4-o to year they gonna play 5 test matches in eng .if they really afraid they would have reduced test matches,but they increased it clearly indicates that both board have some other problems... remind u that ind had drew test series in sa in 2011 .

Posted by Prats6 on (September 14, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Another series with SL? What is wrong with BCCI? I am sick and tired of seeing India play SL. This reeks of arrogance from the BCCI, but what they should not forget is what goes around comes around.

It will also help in India not getting whopped 4-0 again.

Posted by YAYAVAR on (September 14, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

BCCI is not promoting the interest of cricket rather itself. We know BCCI is a power house but they should not abuse their power. South Africa is a sovereign country and by that standard CSA has every right to chose who would be its chief. The best thing for BCCI to do is forget about Lorgat and let the tour prevail. People of both the countries would love to watch the exciting series and enjoy the game. Game is more important than the personalities and this fact cannot be overlooked.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

BCCI stinks of arrogance. BCCI is a reflection of India as a country. Corrupted by power with no regard to contracts agreed upon. FTP is in effect a contract between the cricket boards. I am surprised that there is no way BCCI can be sued for violation of contract. BCCI asking Haroon Logart to apologize because of his differences with the board during his tenure as ICC chairman looks very similar to IAS officials in the country being required to be in the good books of politicians or face the consequences.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (September 14, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

MSD is having his wish: Play all of India's cricket in the Safe Environs of the Shin-high bouncing wickets of India. His legacy and his Value with Advertisers' will never diminish.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

What an absolute shame. The only way the BCCI can be brought down to its knees is if we boycott all the India matches. I so wish the ICC was as powerful as the IOC, which has banned the IOA. And I support the ban coz there is no place for corrupt officials in any sport. Its the same as what happened with hockey. No sport in India has been corruption free. I will definitely boycott India if it doesn't go ahead with South Africa tour. I hope this is taken up in the social media. #BoycottBCCI

Posted by bigben_bigben on (September 14, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

@Keith Waters: BCCI has the same right that western nations USA/EU etc have in telling India not to import crude oil from Iran under threat of sanctions, though it horribly hurts the Indian poor. Might is right everywhere in the world and West is the biggest wielder of power. Don't cry when the shoe is on the other foot.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 3:37 GMT)

@Me_A_Gemini: my friend, i dont know which country are you from, but let me tell you by watching the recent performances of SL, PAK, WI, NZ in tests, India are not falling below no. 4 anytime soon... So that is a lame excuse.

Posted by CandidIndian on (September 14, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

Although BCCI has handled this quite badly as usual , CSA and Harron Logart are equally responsible for this mess, they never cared to consult BCCI before announcing the tour program. Display of arrogance is on both sides so shame on biased fans who are writing sanctimonious comments here in favor of CSA. What a great move by CSA , we are "superior" so why care asking" inferior" people about tour itinerary. About being afraid of getting thrashed , why would India cancel tour of SA with whom last two series ended in draw, tour program for England is announced against whom India has lost badly home and away. Logart's agenda is to lock horns with BCCI for whatever reasons and he is continuing to do so,although BCCI should have shown some maturity keeping in mind great friendship with SA. Loss of cricket overall.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

Excellent. That lorgat needs to be taught a lesson. If we are the powerhouse of cricket, we should act like one and keep bullying other nations. Thats what england and australia did for decades. Wonderful BCCI ! Way to go.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

BCCI is USA of cricket. It bypasses every rule as it wishes and does not care for UNO (ICC)..

Posted by nzcricket174 on (September 14, 2013, 2:54 GMT)

Hooray! Another Indian ODI series with Sri Lanka. The world should rejoice! we haven't had one in so long!

Posted by class9ryan on (September 14, 2013, 2:24 GMT)

Disappointing, disgusting !!!!! Such a shame it would be if the RSA series in cancelled. And for God's sake no India vs Sri Lanka again. I would better love a tri-series between India Pak Bangladesh than Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

@ Ankur Mathur the point is what right do the BCCI have to dictate who CSA appoint. The BCCI have acted childishly and quite frankly pathetically! in fact the last time a tour to SA was threatened by one country trying to dictate the selection of another country SA we're thrown out of international sport for 20 years or so. I really hope SA turn around and tell the BCCI take a long walk off a short plank, because all the money in the world will mean nothing when future generations look at the up and coming Indians like Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Jadeja etc and they see that they never tested themselves against the best in their time, that will be the Legacy of the BCCI preventing their own players of forging their reputations against the best!

Posted by IndiaGoats on (September 14, 2013, 0:54 GMT)

Thank God for the BCCI. Yet another series with Sri Lanka!

Posted by Robster1 on (September 14, 2013, 0:34 GMT)

SA - tell the BCCI to get stuffed. Most arrogant, unsporting behavior from the Indians. Are they scared of touring South Africa?

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 23:50 GMT)

i don't know y India is doing this...are they afraid to play against number 1 team??? if YES then they are poor then Zimbabwe or if they are saving their test ranking??? if YES then Zimbabwe, Bangladesh,West indies,New zealand, Sri Lanka and Pakistan doesn't have right to play test because they have least ratings of the years ...surely they are doing both of these...y they dont believe on their players the champion like Dhoni can win u series just believe on him and say yes to South Africa...and the talk of CEO??? its board decision to whom they want to make the Ceo or not...who are u to say that dont make him CEO because we dnt like him??? India be brave that only i can say and believe on ur players...

Posted by Herath-UK on (September 13, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

All boards want to play to BCCI tune. IPL is beckoning to the officials. In this context any win by an indian team is a foregone conclusion, soon their fans will lose the interest. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Rubic on (September 13, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

I wish PCB and SCB does not fall into this trap..if BCCI does not want to play SA..then they better stay lay off…

Posted by Chris.Maverick.McFly on (September 13, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

For the want of one man, the real taste of cricket is burried here. Neither that man would be happy playing a dead rubber, rather he would be really happy to face the pace of SA bowlers. Anything less than 3 tests in SA would be a great disappointment for all the cricket lovers around the world.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

Why shouldn't CSA be allowed to appoint whomever they please? It is an internal affair and has nothing at all to do with the BCCI. Lorgat is the right man for the job, CSA had to many problems to pick anyone else. I'm not sure where the BCCI get the arrogance to attempt to influence other countries boards. Cancel the series, probably less painful for the Indians anyway.

Posted by shillingsworth on (September 13, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

@Ankur Mathur - You defend the right of the BCCI to influence appointments in South Africa. In the event that CSA decided to comment on the personnel chosen to run the BCCI, I suspect that you might not be so indulgent.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

I don't understand the BCCI? What they has to do with the head of CSA? It's theirs choice who ever they want to appoint. You simply cannot avoid a person to be selected the head of a cricket board just because an other board doesn't like him. You simply cannot enforce a board who to select and who not to select.

The other important thing is that you have to fulfil your commitment to the opposition board which you made what ever the circumstance are, weather you like it or not. If SA had toured India, then it is the BCCI responsibility to send their team for a return series.

The third important thing is the ICC, which doesn't play any role in between the member boards by organizing series, resolving the issues and make decisions. If BCCI behaves like this, then other boards and the ICC have to thing and make right decisions to ensure that no board violates the rules.....

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

eagerly waiting for the SA series , than the meaningless odi tri series ,as the asia cup is not far away. There must at least 3 test matches .

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

As the number 1 test playing nation South Africa should expect to play 3 to 4 games in a series. What gives certain nations the right to have 5 test series and others restricted to lesser numbers. It is time that the BCCI stated publicly why they have issues with CSA and also why Haroun Lorgat is such and issue to them. Perhaps the BCCI does not like people standing up to them - normally must bullies do not!

It is a shame that the board members of BCCI are more obsessed with their own egos than fostering the beautiful game of cricket!!!

Posted by hhillbumper on (September 13, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Ankur_ so the BCCI has the right to tell other boards who they can appoint? Lets face it the petulance of the BCCI is well known.More likely is they want to play ODI because its the only thing they can and if they go to South Africa they know they will get demolished.India should take its money and play by itself.I mean the world needs a clean game.

Posted by Shiny-Side on (September 13, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

As a South African, we know the pain of what happens when politics interfere with cricket. The BCCI clearly has a more important agenda than cricket. It truly is a sad day when cricket suffers at the hand of administrators. Here's hoping for more 5 day test matches and less politics.

Posted by Maddy83 on (September 13, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

BCCI has done the right thing. Sachin should play his 200th test in India

Posted by sports99 on (September 13, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

Again with SriLanka come on guys don't kill cricket

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

the series between ind vs sa was in a jeopardy because the bcci as well as the team knows it pretty well that india will not compete south africa in their home so in order to save its players from the likes of steyn,Philander and Morkel,bcci is in no mood to play against south africa.....its a bitter truth

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

I will always prefer test matches over shortened version. And I wish a full fledged series b/w India & South Africa occurs according to the fixtures. I will be very disappointing if the series is cancelled. And on the other hand the whole world loves to watch India & Pakistan playing against each other but the tri nation series can affect the ODI's b/w Pakistan & Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

How often Proteas fans will target SRT? He was consistent batsmen who denied the Proteas to win last 2 series against them. They don't forget him because of first double hundred in ODI against likes of Styene, Morkel & co. Oh no!! They are taking wickets on fast & bouncy pitches only. They are not good enough to dominate Indians. Their fans know they are not at their best and have no guarantee to play better if we looked at their last few series. IND/BCCI Bashers should be ashamed about low grade comments about Indians. All of them should open their both eyes to look at CSA's working style before commenting absurd. Where are these bashers when Proteas' SL Tests series was cancelled? Were they scared about white wash by SL in spite of rank no.1? This is why Cricket being limited to 10 nations with 1 format and their fans are fighting with one another for the supremacy among their 3 versions(we call it format). 5 days are not enough for 1 game & n no. of such games to satisfy them.

Posted by Gareth_Bain on (September 13, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

"Well everyone is bashing BCCI but fact is that BCCI has been provoked by CSA by electing Logart as their head chief which BCCI opposed. Why did they do that and hurt a great bond."

You're kidding right? You think the BCCI has a right to dictate who another country elects as head of their board!?

I sure hope supporters do the right thing and boycott the tri-series if it comes about.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

BCCI is making backup if SA tour get cancelled and it is a simple fact which can be understandable for anyone but not for BCCI bashers. Where is Boss no. 1 of Test Team rank no. 1? He is not seen anywhere these days. Is there nobody in the CSA office? Some childish & truly unprofessional behaviour by CSA put entire tour in jeopardy.

Posted by Ishqkaro on (September 13, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

relax guys. haroon lorgat will not rest in peace till he sends international cricket to its grave. he did maximum damage as ICC chief when he could; now he is furthering his agenda at the expense of SA cricket. poor SA - first they had aparthied imposed from outside, now they have aparthied growing from within.

Posted by vj3478 on (September 13, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

As a cricketing board, CSA has every right to elect whom they want. Same is with BCCI. They can decide on their tours. If CSA has its own reasons to go with Lorgat, same with BCCI.. as simple as that. Everybody knows Lorgat took it personal with BCCI and now BCCI is making sure its time for pay back. Its always interesting to see India play SA but its Lorgat who started it. Best outcome would be for the boards to sit, talk and sort out the differences. Else its the fans who ll be losing more than the boards.

Posted by Brenton1 on (September 13, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Come on CSA. Time to push back. Don't bow to the demands of the BCCI. Surely as the #1 test team we have earned the right to have a decent test series.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

why would pakistan cancel its home series,bcci would have to come up with a lot of money for that to happen,anyway this is just a ploy by indians not to play south africa.who will put them back in their place.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 13, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

I am a genuine hater of test cricket. But even I am perplexed at this move from the BCCI. Why have a mini Asia Cup when there will be one in Feb next year ? This doesn't make sense. India has the world''s most powerful cricket board. Why do they want even more money ? Cause this is what it is - a cash cow disguised as a tri nation ODI series. I feel 3 test series is the norm or otherwise, just don't play anything. People shouldn't turn up for 2 test series and just catch the games on TV. Even CSA have handled this situation BADLY. Quit wasting our time BCCI and CSA.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Please no Sri Lanka again jeez no way... It would be better to have a all awaiting Pakistan Series.

Posted by mihir_nam on (September 13, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

@ankur ..means what RSA should hold elections according toBCCI..why don't u say ..Indian Court should Dissolve BCCi and bring some good management above

Posted by vishwanath.sreeraman on (September 13, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

i think srinivasan should be made Indian president/Prime Minister, supreme commander. the way he runs world cricket (a.k.a BCCI) is similar to how US runs the world. Maybe India will become a super power under His Highness.

Posted by Kant149 on (September 13, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

BCCI again politicizing the matter. They know they will get much more income playing in India than in SA where they will get beaten. Great politics, hats-off...

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Who does the BCCI think they are, trying to blackmail CSA into firing their newly appointed head, and why? Absolutely ludicrous that the ICC doesn't step in and mediate the situation for the benefit of cricket. Lorgat was in their employ when he butted heads with the BCCI. Who are the losers in this: 1) Indian cricket fans; 2) South African cricket fans. And seeing as CSA will also loose millions of dollars if the tour is curtailed, they will cut back spending where it is needed most: grass roots cricket development

Posted by GRVJPR on (September 13, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Well done BCCI. Only authority in sports in India who is clear and firm, hence such a wonderful progress in last 10 years. South Africa can never win a world cup, wheter Logart is head or someone else. Reason being, they try to show they are the only boss. I congratulate BCCI that in last 10 years Ind ia has won 2 world cups and was number 1 test team for more time than england or south africa. People are always jealous. I also want them to start their own website as others have failed to show the true face and failed to show the amazing work that BCCI has done to promote cricket in such a big country like India.

Posted by BowledYa on (September 13, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

@Ankur Mathur. You comments are exactly the BCCI attitude that people are strongly objecting to. So you are saying BCCI has a right to tell CSA who to appoint and who not to? Frankly that is none of BCCI's business and they need to accept every board's right to appoint their CEO, and not take that as an insult. Would BCCI give up their right to appoint their CEO if SA didn't like him? Don't think so.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Thats a good idea...........I will prefer 2 test and 3 odi against pakistan instead triangular series...BCCI should withdraw SA series bcz of Lorgat

Posted by coolvibhu on (September 13, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

BCCI is the root of all problems.... infact MoNey is the root.... BCCI needs to take sensible decisions... n to hell with u all who feel kicking out India is the solution...

Posted by BowledYa on (September 13, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

India vs. Pakistan series are electric. There's nothing like it in the cricketing worlds and I would venture to say even the Ashes are not followed as religiously. I wonder why then the two countries boards have not agreed to start regular series akin to the Ashes and make it a tradition. The matches will be sold out as usual and big money will flow from the advertizing world. I know politics get in the way, but its time to rise above it.

Posted by Jadejafan on (September 13, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Amazing Sri Lanka again!!! instead of them should be Ireland. Even Zimbabwe or Bangladesh would do. 3 Asia teams yeah but there is an Asia Cup just around the corner. Doesn't make sense.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

India vs Srilanaka forthe millionth time ... CANT WAIT !!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

What did SA cricket board think of themselves....GOD of WORLD CRICKET???hmmm.......

Posted by Rohit... on (September 13, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

I don't know who are more disappointing... Those running the India now OR those running Indian Cricket now...

Posted by lobsterchampion on (September 13, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

If would be a huge disappointment if the series against SA is scrapped or shortened. Anything less than 3 tests is a disappointment. Instead if 7 ODIs, why not have 3 Tests, 3 ODIs and 2 T20s. Everyone is balming BCCI for the current fiasco. But I am surprised by the way CSA has handled this situation. They have either said very little or nothing about this. If they are not happy with the way BCCI has handled this situation, atleast have the courage to say that. Being a mere spectator is the worst thing that CSA can do right now. Most of the comments against BCCI are baised. They are at fault, but CSA also has to accept responsibility for this situation. And please dont drag Sachin Tendulkar into this. He has never said that he wants to play his 200th Test in India. Having said this, if the series against SA is cancelled, i would rather see a Test series against Pakistan rather than another meaningless ODI series.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

what a sorry and egoist bunch of administrators we have at the BCCI...this is the worst BCCI administration team EVER to be put up ... as an Indian and a die hard cricket fan i feel sorry for the cricketing child in me who doesn't understand these stupid power games!!

Posted by cricketfaninco on (September 13, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

We should fire BCCI, because of their petty squabbles they are depriving the cricket loving fans of a good series that was much anticipated with boring cricket with Shri Lanka. What do our players gain by playing with the same teams over and over? nothing! Shame on you BCCI!

Posted by NeoTheSaviour on (September 13, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

@Barry :"Too scared BCCI? Time for world cricket to kick out India." You mean kick out cricket from world map. Do you follow cricket? Do you understand its economics? You take India out and WI, NZ, SRI, ZIM, BAN boards would not be able to run for a year. For how long three countries can play among themselves. Even worse, what if BCCI remove No-Objection-Certification clause from IPL?

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

appeal to all cricket loving fan,plz avoid the series.Dnt watch it live or go to stadium

Posted by BowledYa on (September 13, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

As a Pak fan I would like to see the tri-country series involving Ind SL Pak, however I agree with SA fans this BCCI action is deplorable. Either they are afraid of getting a licking from SA team, or they are too immature to accept that every country has a right to appoint their CEO and all other cricket boards have to accept that decision.

Posted by SamRoy on (September 13, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

@TheProfPak I sure can being an Indian. I would prefer if India rather loses the next 20 ODIs to Pakistan and wins a test series in SA and Australia than win the next 20 ODIs vs Pakistan and get trounced in SA, England and Australia in test matches.

Posted by McPiggle on (September 13, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

And so the arrogance of the BCCI and Indian cricket reaches a new level ... Just remember that pride comes before a fall.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

Well everyone is bashing BCCI but fact is that BCCI has been provoked by CSA by electing Logart as their head chief which BCCI opposed. Why did they do that and hurt a great bond. BCCI has helped CSA over the years and CSA has also recognized that and been a firm and great friend of BCCI . But this one man logart is destroying so sweet bond ,then why not sack him and restart a great bond.

BCCI is not at all wrong.

Posted by Cric_fever_forever on (September 13, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

to add topings on it next year ipl would be shifted to srilanka or bangladesh no southafrica this time. again media reports. reports also suggest that tri series would makke bcci fetch around 300 cores . wohhhh thats some money. hoping this time other borda gets its shares.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

I hope the tour doesn't get cancelled. India versus South Africa games are always the best ones and enjoyable too.

Posted by bbnn on (September 13, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

Srilanka Pakisthan India ? Why? there is an Asia Cup coming in this feb

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Posted by Barry de Klerk on (September 13, 2013, 13:52 GMT) You said: "Too scared BCCI? Time for world cricket to kick out India...."

Barry, no amount of taunting will work on ONE powerful man, who will rest, only if can accomplish his vow to "teach someone a lesson". Collateral damages do not matter to him.

Posted by Newlandsfaithful on (September 13, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

The BCCI showing it's true colours again. No respect for CSA, the ICC or any of the other cricketing nations really. The arrogance of the BCCI is tiresome and I think its time that cricket administrators arround the world take note of how they bully and manipulate the rest of the world. Sooner or later, people are going to start getting disgudted and angry. I already am.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Srilanka Cricket will NOT say 'NO'; as they need the money! Pak Cricket also will NOT say 'NO': as they need to play some cricket too. BCCI will love it to teach someone a lesson! Sigh! Realities & realities! What about cricket among the top two-three in Test Cricket? Don't ask me!

Posted by Omarrz on (September 13, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

@Arrow011 --> Australia no longer is among the big 4. Pakistan is. Though Pakistan is currently struggling but I bet RSA will even fail to draw a single test in the upcoming tour.

Posted by Me_A_Gemini on (September 13, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Verrrry simple... The plan is to save India's test rating as much as possible by the time of the selection of 5 teams who are going to participate in the Test Championship in 2017. The larger number of tests India play outside, the lower their rating will be. India will be a definite loser if they go to play SA. So, 2-0 defeat is better than 3-0 defeat to save the rating. Also, BCCI knows that 'Money is Power' which can be shown at any time in future to SA to normalize their relationship.

Posted by Amit_4_Sachin on (September 13, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

Fools will keep saying that BCCI is scared. Real cause is appointment of Lorgat. I also hear someone asking 'world' to kick India out. Well, 'world' won't exist without India.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

BBCI is making Cricket ugly Please all boards do something save cricket

Posted by shahzaibq on (September 13, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

India trying to protect it's ICC Test ranking by not playing the number 1 team! I remember India hastily arranging Tests a couple of years ago when they were top of the rankings.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

When India was ranked No.1 in Test Cricket, BCCI called in for too many tests and eventually India lost No.1 ranking... Similarly... Days are no very far, when India would loose the No.1 ranking in ODIs too.. Getting bored of Srilanka & India playing against each other.. Rather than watching Ind-SL play... Best alternative could be... Afro-Asian Cup... Players from Africa & Asian Continents can represent their team..

Posted by sgma on (September 13, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

shame on BCCI throwing tantrums and posturing like immature children.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (September 13, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Another ODI series against SL?!!! Please spare us the agony.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

To South African Cricket Board: Please stop trying to convince India to tour SA. They will not. The answer is pretty simple. The reason is also pretty simple. After being trashed 4-0 to England in England and 4-0 to Australia in Australia, India will not even dare to tour SA and face another whitewash. They will only play at their own backyard. Unfortunately their plan to win all the series in their home backfired as they lost to England 2-1. A team needs guts and great courage to play in foreign conditions - especially in England, Australia and South Afria.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

Those who are attributing all sorts of reasons / motives behind this development, really do NOT know ONE MAN and his power, whether he is sdelined, behind the curtain, or on the centre stage. And, his insatiable need to "teach someone a lesson!". If you point out the collateral damages, he might even say, "Who Cares?". That is, if he is in that mood. Some times, I suspect even Cricinfo is reluctant to publish comments against HIM; here I could be wrong. Let me see.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (September 13, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

I do understand why India try to avoid the SA tour. I mean who wanna extend their 0-8 away record to 0-12 ? Its quite understandable. So India chicken out and CSA get the moral victory.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (September 13, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Mr Lorgart is the crux of issue....Just bcoz he is ICC cheif executive he cant reject all the proposals that comes from India.

He has declined the exciting Game changing proposal from sachin . Sachin proposal of 2 innings for a team in an ODI is rejected by Mr Lorgart just because the proposal is from India. All the fans world over make huge cry on the team batting second saying the due factor made it easy etc etc.. here Sachin wanted to avoid the external factors that are affecting the game so that every team still can bat late in the evening by dividing the game into 25-25 overs and 25-25 overs each.... ICC didnt even consider implementing it in anywhere.... it was rejected straightaway...

I think BCCI has other issues with the same person.. I appreciate Mr Lorgart for standing up against the Giant but he just went a bit overboard with everything that India proposed and here it is we are now..

Posted by CricketFan1980 on (September 13, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Most of the comments here criticize BCCI. Didn't BCCI raise concern immediately after the itinerary was released by SA long time ago? Why no-one met to resolve it immediately? Even now there is no meeting to resolve this. The public is not informed of everything that goes on between BCCI and CSA and so criticizing one side or other is pointless. BCCI has every right to schedule tours and it is up to the different boards to decide what to do. BCCI did not have a gun to the head of individual boards to participate in the tours.

On a side note, when was the last time SA played a test series with more than 3 tests? At least India plays 4 tests against England and Australia. Didn't they have a 3 test series in England and in Australia. Imagine if they were 4 or 5 test series. The series may be leveled or even won by the hosts. The 5 match series in England vs SA in the 90's ended with England winning the last 2 tests to claim the series 2-1. Shouldn't the fans' outrage be addressed there?

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

If this tri-series happens, Australia and England Cricket Board should have the guts to rise for the sake of cricket ahead of money and support South Africa and move to suspend BCCI from the ICC. If that fails Australia should call off the ODI tour to India and the proposed tours of India to England and Australia in 2014 should also be called off. Let India continue playing with Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and West Indies at home. Jai Hind!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

When are we going to celebrate the 1000th ODI between Srilanka & Inda? Looks, we don't have to wait for decades!

Posted by PrtkJha on (September 13, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

This is really poor management. Anything less than 3 tests would be a pity

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

All the shenanigans just makes for a juicer series when the two teams eventually meet wether in a bilateral series or WC tournament. Some of this animosity will no doubt spill over on the field of play--I'm not from India or SA but I'll be watching the next time these two teams play each other. Steyn running in to Virat or Dhoni. This kinda stuff might do more good for the sport especially test than we may imagine--it's scandalous and it surely got my interest.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

BCCI want everything on a silver platter. They are embarrassing their players.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

srilanka again... this not good for world cricket ..BCCI is trying to promote personal revenge ... this is totally not acceptable .. hope srilanka cricket have guts to say no ( but doubt though) because this can happen to to any board and all other countries now have to be together and change this attitude of BCCI ....

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

scrap the 3 tests & 3 ODIs.

Posted by KCKCKC on (September 13, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

It's horrible to feel the same way about cricket as I do about India. Simply hopeless

Posted by Greatest_Game on (September 13, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

Time for honesty. Please publish: this is all verifiable on cricinfo.

2011 World Cup venue deadlines: Nov. 30 complete construction; match-ready by Dec. 31. ICC gave extensions to 5 venues. ONLY Eden Gardens failed a Jan 25 inspection by ICC's Team of Stadium/Grounds experts. CAB head DALMIYA had failed to get Eden Gardens ready. ICC Chief Exec Haroon Lorgat announced/enforced the ICC decision - he did his job. BCCI/Dalmiya could not stop him. Dalmiya, now the interim BCCI head, hates Lorgat & wants revenge.

Srinivasan fought with Lorgat over FTP, Wolf Report & UDRS. Lorgat's job was to enact ICC Board decisions, not to let Srini bully him, or buy him. Srini hates Lorgat & wants revenge.

Of these 3, only Lorgat was a CRICKETER: 1st class bowling ave 18.11. Apartheid denied his international career, but made him tough. This "fight" is not India vs SA, but 2 rich businessmen vs 1 Cricket Player. The game is sacrificed for the egos of Srinivasan & Dalmiya. Will Indian fans allow this?

Posted by mhb1 on (September 13, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

great now when they need to show what they really capable of they are running away of-course 0-8 disgrace would be much acceptable rather than 0-12

Posted by Arrow011 on (September 13, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

It is time England, Australia, South Africa & India (the big 4 of test cricket) play each every 2 years in a 5 test series. Small meaningless series are not really showing who is the best.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

this is ridiculous..almost bored to see india play srilanka in an odi..moreover the ind sa tour was the most awited one for the past few months...i desperately want an india vs sa tour with a minimum of 3 test in it..please bcci realise tat sa is the no.1 test team and it ll be great if we beat them in sa..pls don cancel this tour..realise the expectations of fans

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

The behaviour by the BCCI which is a reflection of us as a cricket loving one is not exactly one of maturity. Differences in opinion and beliefs should not be the cause for cancellation of a major cricket tour. I wonder when people grow up

Posted by maddy20 on (September 13, 2013, 13:57 GMT)

@ultimatewarrior The last two times SA played with India it ended with 1-1 scoreline. Lorgat is the cause for this decision, and I agree with it. There's a saying "Be nice to people on your way up, you are gonna need them on the way down". Lorgat did the opposite stepping on BCCI's toes on a regular basis. Now CSA is paying the price for appointing the guy!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

Too scared BCCI? Time for world cricket to kick out India.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

A complete abuse of power on the part of the BCCI if this is confirmed. And where's the support for South Africa from the rest of the cricket world. What have they done to be marginalised like this? Anyone would think we were back in 1970. What's going on?

Posted by nervousnineties on (September 13, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

The bahaviour of the BCCI is disgraceful. They are now the big bully boys of the cricket world - everyone had better not upset them or else they will bend agreements to suit themselves. What a shame- what a pathetic and sad way to govern.

Posted by gosh01 on (September 13, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

I have seen enough SLvInd matches for my entire lifetime. Hopefully SLC would prefer to play some one else !!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

Most of the comments posted here are 100% biased and hatery of Indian Cricket, BCCI, Sachin Tendulkar & latest elevation of TEAM IND. One simple answer to my question is where is Lorgat & where are the other CSA officials? Are they hiding in Bunker or anywhere? If BCCI are responsible for all of these, then why did they send A Tour with all probables? When BCCI had sent A team to SA, most numbers of IND bashers commented about why they did send those players? Bashers knew very well that BCCI was most optimistic and serious about future tour of SA. Had India not won CT2013, WI Tri-series and white wash of AUS earlier, we won't see such comments here. Every cricket fan should respect about every nation, their geographical conditions & their pride. They can't criticise some pitches or ENG's weather. If they do care about fast bouncy pitches, then use synthetic turf in cricket as like hockey.

Posted by wolf777 on (September 13, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

I am an India fan not a BCCI fan...

Posted by Paddy789 on (September 13, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

No Sri Lanka again please !!!!!! get Afghanistan, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh or a India A team for that matter but no more Sri Lanka please....

Posted by vildoc on (September 13, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Believe me though an India vs Pak series is mouthwatering it can in no way match Ind vs Sa. I don't see the Bcci backing down and the saffas are completely silent. Really bad day for cricket. Though the ICC doesn't interfere in FTP it has to come in and mediate. The ultimate sufferer will be test cricket and that doesn't augur well for the state of the game.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (September 13, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

Oh yeah. The BCCI have probably already booked the plane. Sounds all too familiar.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

sri lanka... yeah right thats the right way to go. I would actually prefer the guys playing Ranji trophy rather than play in this tri series. Atleast the young prospects will get to play with the national players and would contribute to atleast development of youngsters.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

It will be a test of character for Pakistan & Srilankan Cricket Boards...Though it will do a big financial favor to PCB & Srilanka but it will assert the idea that Money takes precedence over principles...This is exactly how BCCI has managed to do its dirty meddling with cricketing matters, other cricketing boards (including South African Cricket Board) opted to remain silent and are now having a taste of their own medicine.

Pakistan must not become a party to such dirty meddling.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (September 13, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

If they begin to limit test cricket, the ICC will begin to lose their older fans. Playing ODI and T20 tournaments is meaningless unless it is the WC. The BCCI is acting like a child.

Posted by Shan_Karthic on (September 13, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Not having SA Tests are bad. But to all those alleging India is afraid to tour, India has announced 9 away Tests against Eng & Australia in next 18 months, where they ended up at 0-8 couple of years ago.

It is about BCCI letting their displeasure known. It is what all powerful organizations do; just look at how Western governments have treated Asian, African and South American counties over past 300 years. What is good for goose is good for gander.

You have power; you use it. Otherwise, what is the point of having the power?

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (September 13, 2013, 13:24 GMT)

Hats off to BCCI....They are so protective of Indian Cricket Team and Indian Cricket Stars that to save their predictable loss of series and deterioration of image, they even discarding tour of World No. 1 Test Team(with inform fearsome fast bowlers and green pitches) and replacing with 2 most weakest test teams(atleast by ICC rankings)......and don't forget their sacrifice by taking blame on themselves (a bit on logart too)...just to have feel good among indian cricket fans/players/media......

Posted by gandhala on (September 13, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

disappointed with india-SA series getting disturbed. On the other hand proud of bcci's control in cricket . Strong mess to Lorgat dont mess up with us is clearly told

Posted by BigINDFan on (September 13, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

The right thing to do here is CSA get rid of Lorgat, BCCI get rid of N Srinivasan and certainly throw Dalmiya out where he belongs. These guys add no value to cricket or its administration. Put Ravi Shastri as the temporary chief and Gavaskar as the ambassador. Push the WI series out and play a proper full series with SA. If the sponsors of BCCI put their foot down against the WI series and tri-series then BCCI will listen.

Sachin is not at fault, he could care less if he plays in India or SA. BCCI is using him as a scape-goat for their selfish power hungry games.

Posted by Dashgar on (September 13, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

If India cancel this tour the ICC must make the cancelled matches forfeits as far as ICC rankings. You can't just cancel a FTP tour without consequences. India are using Lorgat as an excuse to save their test ranking.

Posted by YS_USA on (September 13, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

India needs SA to host the next IPL as the elections are due in India and then what will India do/ Beg them to stage IPL?

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

wht the hell is wrong with bcci and for god sake tendulkar topic is boring to death, please donot destroy this great game Mr Tendulkar and give us a break know

Posted by elangoct on (September 13, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Oh no! No! No! No Srilanka again!

Posted by Bhattu on (September 13, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

I am not sure whose interests the BCCI is serving? The Players? who would like to have meaningless ODI practice on their home pitches against 2 other asian sides (to prepare for the WC?), or the Indian cricket fan, who is enchanted at the prospect of India facing off against SL and having to read about Pakistan players not getting visas, only to have them granted at the 11th hour.

Can we even get a response from someone who takes decisions at BCCI? Oh, but wait a minute, we don't know who is supposed to be making decisions at the BCCI, because the chairman is deposed and the stand-in can't make a decision.

This is beyond ridiculous.

Posted by cric_J on (September 13, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Good Lord ! What on earth is the BCCI up to ? Are they really serious about this gibberish ? I ridiculously hope not.

Being an Indian, an India-Pak clash for its sheer intensity and drama is probably the most awaited one for me after the 50 overs WC, as far as matches involving India are concerned. But I certainly don't want that at the cost the SA tour, the only clash involving India that I've seriously been looking forward to after the England series at home last year and the CT.

Our overseas W/L test match record is a pathetic 0-8 currently. So, we obviously need to improve THAT and what better team than the #1 test side in SA to test our new lads.

What we do not need is to go on playing one ODI series after another. It won't be of much help in the 2015 WC either as most of the ODIs that we are playing are in the subcontinent and the conditions in Australia will be pretty different.

Dear BCCI, reduce the ODIs to 5 or 3 if you will, but please just don't touch the test series !

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (September 13, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

It will be very disappointing for Indian fans if the team doesnt play 3 tests in South Africa. Keep your politics aside and resolve this issue. Tri series with SL and Pak and a test series with WI at home doesnt compensate for SA series. There are lots of fans who have been waiting for SA series for a long time. Please make sure we play 3 tests at least. ODIs and T20s could be kept to a minimum.

Posted by TheProfPak on (September 13, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

The plan is leaked out just to cool down Indian fans. No Pakistani and Indian fans can resist the lure of Pakistan-India encounter.

Posted by Sagarneel on (September 13, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

Ridiculous! The BCCI bosses, in an attempt to settle their personal difference with their CSA counterparts, are taking the fans for granted here. A Pakistan T-20 team doesn't get visas to play CL T20 in India, however, the very next day they are granted visas; and now they are planning a tri-series involving Pakistan and Sri-Lanka (AGAIN!!!). Can anyone help me understand the logic behind this circus? This is seriously mind numbing stuff, however, not completely unexpected. With a person like N. Srinivasan at the helm of affairs, one can expect a lot of such autocracies.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

sachin should of played his 200th test in SA. not india. he should of told the board that forget bout the west indies series , its a should of been 3 tests with SA. that was a real challenge for india. all Tendulkar is thinking bout is getting high scores against WI. selfish man!!

Posted by Thomas_Ratnam on (September 13, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Very sad for global cricket. If you take a vote on this, cricket fans the world over will want an India - South Africa series of may be even 5 tests. Unfortunately the highly politicized bodies that control the game are not likely to feel the pulse of the people. They are head deep in petty mindedness, self preservation and arrogance that have them completely blinded. Did we not see this coming?

Posted by greatshinwari on (September 13, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

the only reason for all this non sense matter is that INDIA doesn't want to play cricket with SA in SA bcoz the result is known to all that SA will definetly wns all the matches. INDIA alwaz wants to play cricker with strong teams only at home. the WI tour wasn't in ICC calender year. INDIA wants that sachin should score atleast a ton on his 200th game. if he plays with SA then the chances are only 1% to score it..ICC do nothing in the favour of other teams except the rubbish indian team...

Posted by KapilsDevils1983 on (September 13, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

A tri-series with Pakistan is good, but it would be nice if the 3rd country was Bangladesh since India plays Sri Lanka way too often!!Bangladesh are pretty competitive in the sub-continent!

Most test matches are rather boring, but India-SA would have been a test series worth watching, so hopefully they can still play a 3 test series!

Posted by 512fm on (September 13, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

The ICC needs to ban India from playing Sri Lanka for at least 10 years, its over saturation and extremely boring.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

Indian fan here..We were waiting for South African tour since 2011 when that series ended i draw with both the teams winning test each..plz BCCi atleast play 3 tests against SA.Indian young brigade Dhawan,Pujara,Rahane v Morkel,Steyn and Philander wow...plz BCCI

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

Wow, absolutely pathetic of the BCCI to pull the SA tour just because they don't like the appointment of Hargoon Lorgat. What business is it of the BCCI who CSA appoints? Or are they just scared of getting a hammering by the saffers? Either way it's madness, BCCI are the powerhouses of world cricket now, EVERYONE knows this, they don't need to flex their muscles, only the fans lose.

Posted by Srivathsan_Sridharan on (September 13, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

@proteaboytjie: Could you please stop criticizing Sachin for all the matters?? Mind your words before criticizing any person.. Sachin never wanted to play his 100th test before home ground. Only BCCI has arranged a series with WI. Please stop dragging Sachin for all the problems. I also request other fans not to drag the batsman for the things which are irrelevant to him and out of his control. Give some respect to the great man!! Not only for Sachin but also for other players..

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

I think both the boards should meet and find a solution to this, I think after the WI tour there are 53days left. So i Think that instead of Playing 7ODI's They should play 2T20I's 5ODi's & 3Test's and the 3d test could be played on 11th instead of 15th as it is in NZ tour stars with ODI's. It would be very bad if the tour gets cancelled everyone is looking forward to this series..hope BCCI & CSA resolve their problems as early as possible.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

though we all would miss the test series between India and South Africa..the tri series involving India,Pakistan and Sri Lanka would be mouth watering..last time India-Sri Lanka and Pakistan played tri series in India in 1999..Pakistan won that tournament comfortably..I was in school back then,just couldnt understand how India didnt fare well even in home conditions.After tri series BCCI should arrange 3 test between India and Pakistan..Sachin Tendulkar v Saeed Ajmal,another mouth watering prospect....Cricinfo please display

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

god india really are desperately ttying to get out of this tour aren't they. fearing a whitewash perhaps? and surprise surprise, in its place MORE odi games vs sri lanka... that will make it roughly 1000 india vs. sri lanka games in the last year.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

@bleedred , yeah Ind V SL is so interesting :/

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

I don't want to get into the details of why this is happening or what roles BCCI and CSA are playing to make this happen, but as a cricket fan I'm completely disappointed.

I, and I'm sure many like me, have waited for this series for a long time now. The countdown began when India washed Australia at home and this SA tour was to be a true test for them. But now due to some off-the-field reason, we're not going to get a proper battle (two tests is just disappointing).

BCCI and CSA should resolve things quickly and ensure we have at least 3 tests, even if that means no IT20.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

i think it has to do with BCCI issue with SA & Lorgat.

Not a bad idea to host a tri series between india pakistan & SL.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

really disappointing ..... cant say more than this being a Fan of Cricket....

Posted by harithavsoman on (September 13, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

What's the fuss about "TEST CRICKET".It's slow and boring.

Posted by agam99 on (September 13, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

BCCI mulling a Tri-Series btw India-SL-Pak. If SL & PCB agree to this, it will definitely cancel at least limited overs leg of SAF tour. BCCI should try to limit SAF trip to 3 tests only now. And if they manage to pull it off, it will indeed be a masterstroke from them.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

They might as well cancel this whole tour. BCCI are not keen on this tour and thus I think they must just play sri lanka again. The only way for the fans to make their mark is to boycott the games for India, but this is easier said than done.

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 13, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

FTP ? who cares ? DRS ? throw it to the bin - bcci for you, maters.

Posted by Remoz on (September 13, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

I like a subcontinent tri series. It will be great.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 11:41 GMT)

BCCI has a problem with Lorgat so they are flexing their muscles. Clearly they have a problem but have they offered a solution? Must CSA opologise for appointing him? Do they want Lorgat replaced and then tour can continue? SA already plays less cricket than any of the big teams, Sri Lanka test's were just cancelled now the India test's are in jeopardy. How are SA supposed to maitain their No. 1 ranking if they can't get a team to play them? Where does the ICC fit in all of this?

Posted by Nickoshot on (September 13, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

As a neutral I was looking forward to watching India's young players outside the subcontinent a few have just been on the A tour so would have had a good look at conditions.

Instead there is the possibility that it will be replaced by the kind of pointless 50 over cricket that Raul Dravid spoke out against in the last few months. This could be just the BCCI throwing their weight around showing SA they can do without them but Indian fan won't be fooled. They are trading a gold standard tour for a few pyjama matches no one will be remember three months after

Posted by anton_ego on (September 13, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

Oh my god. No more Ind vs SL ODIs. Please BCCI. Please.. Its become like street cricket we play with our friends every evening after school.. Ind vs SL make cricket boring. Only a retarded fellow will scrap the series b/w India and SA. Both teams are strong and after a good rest, with young and promising talents. That will be a mouth-watering contest. BCCI, you have destroyed enough of Indian cricket. We fans expect this only favor from you. Pls don't scrap Ind vs SA series.

Posted by bmans on (September 13, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

I think its not fair for SA fans to say that India is afraid of touring SA. As an Indian fan and as we can see from the comments, all Indian fans want this series to go ahead. But the fact is that we cant do anything other than just hoping BCCI and CSA resolve their issues and think about Cricket and the world wide fans. Just in case, the SA tour gets cancelled, i would rather like to see the WI tour extended or NZ tour getting preponned to add a test or 2 more rather than a boring Triseries, which is just fill in the blanks.

Posted by pull_shot on (September 13, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

Now every body will understand WI tour not for 10dulkar 200 mile stone these is bcci tricks and please if we decide to play odi series play with pakistan that would be fun don't include srilanka boringgggggggg

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (September 13, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

It is going to be 2tests and 3odis for Ind v SA. That is the minimum they should play if they don't cancel the tour. A 3 day practice match 21-23 Dec., 1st test 26-30 Dec., 2nd test 2-6 Jan. odis 8th, 10th, 12th Jan. Then India will be off to NZ. Need an at least a week to rest and acclimatise before the first odi on the 19th Jan.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Tri-angular Test Series should be introduced by BCCI between India - Srilanka - Pakistan . in Round Robin Format Match 1 .. India v Pakistan " 2 India v Srilanka " 3 Srilanka v Pakistan '' 4 FINAL Thats a best way to promote test cricket

Posted by proteaboytjie on (September 13, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Bottom line: the reason for this dispute is because of Sachin Tendulkar. Even before jeff boycott wrote the article my thoughts were that it started because sachin will soon play his 200th test and the boycott article confirmed it. For the BCCI to abuse/use their power and use Lorgat as a scapegoat is sad for world cricket and very sad for indian cricket. They had hidden agendas fom the start but they will never say it. why rush to organise short series against WI, NZ and now sri lanka and PAK? The aim is to have sachin play his 200th at home. I also believe that Lorgat is the only person who will stand up to the BCCI, like he did when he was chief of ICC they are scared it happens again. I follow alot of cricket and support alot of players in world cricket but these indian should be ashamed! the wheel turns whether you have money or not!!

Posted by funnykid on (September 13, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

As a neutral observer (Pakistani) I feel that BCCI is playing nasty politics here, why are they doing all this. Every sovereign Board has the right to it appoint anybody against any post. BCCI has no business interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign Board. First PCB (Pakistan) and now its SA's turn. Its high time that other cricketing boards sit together and find ways and means to counter ever growing bullying from BCCI. Money is not everything, country's honor is at stake, CSA stand up, the whole world is watching.

Posted by Aizyv on (September 13, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

i want to see india pakistan 1 on 1 series that should have 3 tests 5 odis and 3 t20s.plz bcci make that happen

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

2nd_Slip: Your argument is downright pathetic too! If BCCI was so scared of Indian team getting demolished, then why would they agree to a 5 back-to-back test series in UK next summer?! All we know is right now BCCI is probably holding a grudge against CSA. It is unfortunate that BCCI is not media savvy so we really have to make our own conclusions about the intentions of BCCI. But as we have seen in the case of DRS, BCCI is not always wrong...!!!

Posted by cricketqatar on (September 13, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

MONEY, MONEY BCCI looking more MONEY from ODI series. As per current schedule this year india will play 33 ODI (not include 7 matches against SA) matches and test matches 6 only .Bcci getting more money from IPL tournament. why board not interest playing more test matches.??

Posted by Dale_Pain on (September 13, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

It is great to see that Indian, South African and impartial fans all want to see India playing South Africa in a test series. Test cricket is memorable and not fleeting and it is the ultimate test of skills. I would imagine India's new crop of batsmen are keen to hone their skills in South Africa against a challenging attack. How terrible if politics were to deny fans from all sides and the cricketers this opportunity!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

They are scared of going off the sub continent, other than against weeker teams like WI and NZ, so that is the way they bully there options. What happened to the FTP, oh sorry that dont work with India.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

oh man......... im from pakistan and i do not want this tri series. im happy with pak vs sri series.i think bcci is losing its mind..........

Posted by RG88 on (September 13, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

@ 2nd_Slip - So naive of you to think that BCCI fears that India will be demolished by SA. Its all about sending a message buddy. Nobody messes with yOU kNOW wHO. Just have a 3 match test series with SA at-least. Give the CSA their Boxing day test match and come up with a schedule. Visit CSA next year after the Champions Trophy T20 for the ODI's. BTW there is no scheduling done for IND - WI tour. Nothing is yet cast on stone. Hopefully both sides can keep their egos aside and have a fruitful talk in Dubai. PS - BCCI will gain a lot by hosting a drab tri series featuring Ind - Pak - SL. Surprisingly the news that Faisalabad Wolves being grated visa to play in India and Pak Touring party for the Tri Series comes on same day. Political tensions have definitely receded it seems.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

It would be very sad if SA tour is cancelled as at playing in SA will really testify India's real strength in playing out side sub condinent. BCCI is messing up everything and if it continues as it is a powerful body now. Time to take up by former cricketers as otherwise it will further become a corruptted body in world cricket.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Another srilanka vs india series by cutting saf tour? Doom's day cant be far away! Seriously i dont think there is a single cricket fan in the world who want to watch yet another series involving india-srilanka.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

why again sri lanka should just play more test matches first then tri-series

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Probably afraid of getting thumped, i suppose.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (September 13, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Sorry we dont want to see India vs Sri Lanka very soon again, Its better Indian team should Visit South Africa and still they can play 3 test. Here is my tentatively schedule India Team arrives in South Africa 0n 4 Dec. Plays two 3 days matches from 6-9 and 12-15 dec and than plays first test on 18-22 Dec, 26-30 Second Test, 3-7 Jan third Test, 11, 13 and 15 three odis and only T-20 on 16 Jan. Than India can fly to NZ and just push the series by 2 days to get suffcient rest and than play the t-20 , than odis and than 2 tests. and this year asia cup should be played in t-20 format including Afghanistan, it will help for the preparation of t-20 world cup.

Posted by vildoc on (September 13, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Oh Man this is bad. Don't want another series involving srilanka. Had been waiting for such a long time for the SA series. Anyway we Indian fans can put pressure to root the shenigans in the BCCI?

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (September 13, 2013, 10:31 GMT)

BCCI are down right pathetic, using Lorgat as their scapegoat when in reality they know and are scared of the fact that their India will be demolished in SA. With India being flat track bullies, they are trying to keep their team in the subcontinent as much as possible to preventing it from sliding down the rankings like it did after touring Eng and Aus just over a year ago!!!!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

Oh yummy! India v Sri Lanka. I can barely wait!!

Posted by o-bomb on (September 13, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

India's tour to South Africa has already been significantly curtailed. If they push for a tri-series now, we have to assume they don't want to go to South Africa at all. Are they scared of getting thumped or are they just holding a grudge against CSA?

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