India news October 12, 2013

BCCI, CSA in 'fruitful' discussions


The meeting between the BCCI and CSA in Mumbai did not end the impasse over India's tour to South Africa at the end of the year, but it proved a "fruitful" discussion for both parties.

It is understood that the BCCI president N Srinivasan and secretary Sanjay Patel explained the contentious issues to CSA president Chris Nenzani and lead independent director Norman Arendse, leaving the ball in South Africa's court. Nenzani said he would revert to the BCCI in a day or two.

"It was a very cordial meeting and it went off well," Patel said. "We are very hopeful that everything will work out nicely."

Though the outcome may seem like the continuation of the stalemate, the boards were interpreting it as the first step towards ending the impasse that began in July. An official announcement about India's tour of South Africa is expected to be made next week.

Though neither the BCCI nor CSA detailed the issues, the two major contentious points are the tour itinerary and the acrimonious relationship between the Indian board and the CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

In all likelihood, India will not play more than two Tests and three ODIs in South Africa; CSA's original itinerary comprised two Twenty20s, three Tests and seven ODIs. It will be up to the South African board to accept such a truncated itinerary because a shortened tour will have huge financial implications for CSA, which has already suffered a loss in the previous financial year.

After its annual general meeting in Johannesburg in Nenzazi's absence, CSA announced a loss for 2012-13. It has reserves of R300 million and has forecast a net profit of R286 million for the next year cycle ending in April. However, that forecast is based on television revenue from a full India tour, which is unlikely to happen. CSA's reserves are depleted by visits by teams other than India, Australia and England because there is no profit made from those series.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jets on October 16, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    Its baffling why CSA created a problem for themselves. Why annouce an itinerary without BCCI's consent. Then appoint Lorgat who was disliked by BCCI.

    If you profit making ability depends solely on revenue from India why bite the hand that feeds you. Any top manager would laugh at what CSA has done to put itself in such a sorry predicament.

  • Dummy4 on October 15, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    All this BCCI drama is to give Sachin Tendulkar a home Test on a batting friendly grount against one of the weakest teams the West Indies on his retirement and to avoid green and bouncy pitches and firy South African bowlers. Remember for last two yrs the Indian hero has been performing poorly. In his last 25 innings Tendulkar has scored four fifties, no centuries, and has averaged under 30.

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    I dont give a damn about T20s or ODIs but a 3 test series is a must.

  • Android on October 14, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    I think bcci is not going in the right direction particularly n invasion because he is destroying Indian cricket for his personal issues with harpoon a cricket fan I think India should play 3test matches 5odds and 1t20 minimum.

  • Android on October 14, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    rohan give us a break. enough Ind Sl rivalry, tour will go on although a curtailed tour but much better than a Ind Sl series

  • Dummy4 on October 14, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    If fails, only option left is to have a test series with Sri Lanka.

  • Madhu on October 13, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    I dont know why BCCI is claiming that CSA fixed the schedules without consent. If that is the case why do the schedules listed in the BCCI website still show the full tour listing. If it was not approved why did they list it

  • Android on October 13, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    @nirmal india's schedule. NZ tour Jan-feb, Asia cup March. WC T20 2014 March end. ipl April-may. Eng tour June to August. Clt 2014 Sep. Ind' home season October November. Aus tour Dec -Feb. CWC 2015 Feb apr. so no time left, only option December 2013

  • vas on October 13, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Of the current players abinav mukund has the best list A average (50) as an opener. Why wasn't he given chances? Rohit sharma did not open in the domestic in any format. His performance shows he is best suited for tests.

  • David on October 13, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    @Nirmal Kar They can't replace the Tests with ODIs.

    The whole point of the South African season is that during families' summer holidays from work and school they watch the cricket.

    If you're in or near Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria or Durban you go the Test, enjoy a Braai (barbecue), spend several days watching the match in the sunshine with your friends. If you're elsewhere in the country you watch it all day on TV - remember, it's the summer holidays - and try to ensure that you go to Cape Town or Durban for a holiday to watch the Test there.

    That is why India's refusal to sign off on a schedule has been so disruptive and has compromised gate receipts at the grounds, as workers haven't known when to apply for leave from work.

    This also, incidentally, equally affects the Indian South Africans in and around Durban, who should have been booking their time off eight or nine months ago, and still can't. A doctor friend of mine is furious that now it's too late to get leave.

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