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CSA broke protocol, created impasse - BCCI

Amol Karhadkar

October 3, 2013

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South Africa's players make an unsuccessful appeal against Rahul Dravid, South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Cape Town, 5th day, January 6, 2011
The South African players' appeal for 'urgent conversations' between CSA and BCCI has gone unheard © AFP
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Cricket South Africa created the current impasse with the BCCI by going against protocol in announcing unilaterally the schedule for India's tour, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has said. The BCCI is "waiting", Patel said, without specifying what it was waiting for.

The schedule was announced by CSA in early July, prompting a swift and sharp response by the BCCI that left relations between the two in a state of limbo. A CSA spoksesman said the board was not going to respond to Patel's comments.

"Things are going [on] since long. Certain things have to be put in right perspective. Let me inform you that BCCI in normal circumstances would have done anything [for the tour to proceed]. But the protocol of finalising any series is joint declaration. But that declaration was originally done without the BCCI's approval. So we are waiting," Patel said in Mumbai.

Patel did not elaborate on what the BCCI was waiting for, since a meeting between him and CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat on the sidelines of the ICC board meeting in Dubai failed to break the deadlock. ESPNcricinfo understands Patel had promised CSA that they would hear from the BCCI after the AGM on September 29. However, despite N Srinivasan's election as BCCI president, the board's top brass has decided to wait on finalising the tour itinerary until the Supreme Court allows Srinivasan to discharge duties as the BCCI chief. The court is going to hear the matter next on October 7.

With the uncertainty over the South Africa tour increasing, Patel said the BCCI was confident of having an alternate plan in case it was cancelled. "[A] number of countries are ready to play with India. There is no problem at all," he said. He said there was no plan to host a tri-series involving Pakistan and Sri Lanka "at the moment" but the board had already demonstrated its ability to organise series at short notice - as was evident from the West Indies series.

"There were a couple of reasons [for organising the West Indies series] because BCCI is also committed to its local fans. Somehow, for the season 2013-14, the home series are only 24 days, if I am not wrong," Patel said. "So obviously we were worried about how to do the home series and we are quite happy that the West Indies series has been finalised."

Patel also set aside Mumbai Cricket Association's objection to the decision to resume international cricket at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. CCI has a special voting right as per the BCCI constitution and the AGM decided to treat it as a separate unit, unlike in the past when the MCA used to decide whether to allot matches to the Brabourne Stadium or not.

"Considering the historical background of CCI as well as all the help [they have provided] as and when required… When the venue questions have arisen, CCI is always there to support and giving some match [to them] won't be out of turn or something like that," Patel said. "We considered that some matches will be allocated. MCA's rotation and everything remains the same. It has got nothing to do with it. This will be an additional allotment, if at all."

During the last Test hosted at Braboune in December 2009, MCA and CCI were involved in a dispute over payment of rent. However, international cricket returned to the historic venue during the Women's World Cup earlier this year.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 9, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa. A man who scored 300+ runs with two hundreds on the last tour deserves more credit. Steyn was there in that tour too. Learn to admire legends.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (October 7, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

BCCI protecting Sachin against Steyn who will end his career in SA. Cant believe they are going to cut the SA tour short so that they can have a 'soft' match for Sachins 200th game. Who do these guys think they are?

Posted by YS_USA on (October 7, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

India will go ahead with shorter tour that will cost only $20 million to SA, but what after that. How much more will it cost to SA to hold on to Lorgat and is it worth it?

Posted by emceedrive on (October 6, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

I wish it was a surprise that Srinivasan and his cabal of fellow power-grabbers that they call the BCCI would be so petulant as to cancel a tour over a petty dispute. It isn't. I have no idea what bone they have to pick with Lorgat, but even if you decide that you want to rake him over the coals, there are better ways to do it than putting petty politics above cricket. The game should come first, always; and the fans want to see India in SA. The last tour was BRILLIANT! From looking like they would get swept in the first match, to the strong comeback win in the 2nd match, to that epic battle between steyn and the little master. Test cricket needs Australia, England, India, and South Africa to play high profile series' verse each other.

Posted by BHARATLIFE on (October 5, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

No offense to WI, but replacing a SA series with a WI at home. I am not sure how the fans enjoy it. It might have been baptism under fire for most youngsters, and who knows Cheteswar might have grown as a player. Normally, i would not most decisions and stands BCCI takes, but their opposition is slightly justified this time. Like i said before at least a 3 match test series., with 2 T20 and 3 ODI vs SA. This is a serious damage to the cricketing intellect of the Indian Fan.

Posted by hhillbumper on (October 5, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

Just as an aside do we have to watch India in England next year? They bring no value and folded up like a pack of cards last time.They are only good for boosting the career stats.Could we not have Bangladesh who pose more of a challenge as they try to play. T

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (October 5, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

Without India there is no cricket? What utter tosh. India generates very little money for the boards and cricketers of England, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. A lot for the ICC and Indian cricketers, true, but the real big Test series, the ones like Eng vs Aus, the ones that actualy FILL stadiums playing proper cricket not T20 hit and giggle, will not be affected at all.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (October 5, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

Before 1990 cricket was televised free in india. Even indian cricketers were not paid much then. Cricket was played all over the world without Indian money. It was during dalmiya 's time in kolkatta in early 1990s that india started generating money through TV deals. As CEO of icc, lorgat advised other countries to be independent and not to rely on india. He would now realise how easily it is said than done.

As the SC said, Srinivasan will discharge his duties as president from October 7th other than IPL related matters, the scheduled meeting between the presidents of CSA and BCCI will take place on October. 16 the and 17th to discuss the tour schedule. Hope they agree to the tour and release the schedule soon.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (October 5, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

I see from the posts here that intelligence has given way to emotion among the fans. Is it any wonder that the administrators are behaving similarly? SA cricket administrators should develop their own Plan B and press ahead without an India tour - that way at least the SA fans will see some cricket. As an India fan, I note that our Board has organised some other cricket to watch. The Plan A remains unchanged - a dream match Ind and SA!

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