India in South Africa 2013-14 July 9, 2013

BCCI objects to South Africa tour itinerary

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The BCCI has objected to the itinerary of India's tour to South Africa starting in November, which was announced by Cricket South Africa on Monday. According to the BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, CSA announced the schedule without obtaining the BCCI's consent.

"We have written to CSA mentioning that while we have been discussing the tour itinerary, nothing had been agreed upon (before they announced the schedule). The discussions are on and a consensual decision will come soon," Patel told ESPNcricinfo. Jagmohan Dalmiya, who has been in charge of the BCCI's day-to-day affairs with N Srinivasan having stepped aside as president, confirmed that the BCCI had raised "concerns" with CSA.

While Patel refused to elaborate on those concerns, Dalmiya said the BCCI had issues with the scheduling of the Tests. At the moment, the tour comprises two Twenty20 internationals and seven ODIs, followed by three Tests.

"We have some concerns over the gap between the last two Tests of the three-match series," Dalmiya told reporters in Kolkata. "We have informed this to our South African counterpart (CSA) and the two boards are trying very amicably to sort out the matter. The new schedule will be announced soon." *

The present schedule has an eight-day gap between the second and third Tests. Earlier this year, when South Africa hosted Pakistan, there was a similar eight-day gap between two Tests. The BCCI prefers to play three-Test series with a three-day interval for home series. The last time India toured South Africa (in 2010-11), the biggest gap was five days - between the first Test at Centurion and the Boxing Day Test. This time, the gap between the first two Tests is just two days, with CSA deciding to reinstate the Boxing Day and New Year Tests to Durban and Newlands respectively.

It is learned that the new BCCI administration has concerns with the "number of matches and the itinerary" for the tour. The tour is scheduled to end on January 19, just before the start of the New Zealand tour, though the schedule for that tour hasn't yet been finalised.

The BCCI feels that seven ODIs are "too many". "If we have five ODIs, perhaps the tour can get over a week early and the boys can have a week-long break before flying to New Zealand," a BCCI insider said, preferring anonymity. He also revealed that the board has been consulting the players on whether they would prefer to play the Tests before the ODIs.

CSA, however, has claimed that it has not received any formal complaint from the BCCI and that they have followed all the correct protocols. "If the BCCI has any concerns they can raise them with us and we will sort them out amicably as we have always done in the past," Michael Owen Smith, CSA media consultant, said.

Additional reporting from Firdose Moonda

* - July 9, 2013, 1815 GMT - story updated with Dalmiya quotes

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | July 9, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    I have always been vocal when it comes to criticising BCCI but i think this time they have got it right(for a change).Also he decision to consult players about theorder of ODIs and tests is also welcome.LAst time both test and ODI series were close and ODIs followed tests.(unlike 2006-7 when ODis were heavily one sided).Hopefuly enough practice matches with a closely fought tets series will happen.A closely fought 4-5 match ODI series will be a bonus.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    there should be 5 odi's 3 t20's 3 tests.. so we can see r best players playing in the 50 overs, and have a enjoyment with t20's and see tendulkar bat for 3 test.. that would a better choice.. :D

  • POSTED BY MartinC on | July 11, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    The real question here should be why only 3 Tests between the two teams currently ranked 1 and 2 in the world. 5 ODIs plus 4 Tests please.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | July 11, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Do whatever you wish to do with the schedule, BCCI. But please don't switch the Test matches before the ODIs. Sachin playing his 200th Test at Newlands on New year's day would be a fabulous start to 2014.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | July 10, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    As a fan of good Test cricket I find it really frustrating that SA never play series longer than three Tests. A team this good should be playing much more

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    3 test,5 ODI,2 t20 z better :)

  • POSTED BY PratUSA on | July 10, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    What's interesting is that FTP clearly states 3 tests, 7 ODIs, and 2 T20Is for this series. BCCI themselves are still hosting 7 ODIs series like the upcoming one against Australia in October. If BCCI is indeed insisting on reduced number of matches, it may be a case of dictating terms. Having said that I'll be really pleased to see fewer games played, with proper gap between games. Personally I would prefer to see 4 tests, and may be a total of no more than 3 or 4 limited over matches.

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Gowrishankar on | July 10, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    @Baundele: Really?, what is the logic in your point, Can you show us some revenue stats to prove your point?. Huff and puff comes the smoke!

  • POSTED BY Paddy789 on | July 10, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    One T20, 5 ODIs and 4 Test should be the new tour itinerary.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    If BCCI feels 7 ODIs are too many, then why they decided to have 7 ODIs against Aus this year?

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | July 9, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    I have always been vocal when it comes to criticising BCCI but i think this time they have got it right(for a change).Also he decision to consult players about theorder of ODIs and tests is also welcome.LAst time both test and ODI series were close and ODIs followed tests.(unlike 2006-7 when ODis were heavily one sided).Hopefuly enough practice matches with a closely fought tets series will happen.A closely fought 4-5 match ODI series will be a bonus.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    there should be 5 odi's 3 t20's 3 tests.. so we can see r best players playing in the 50 overs, and have a enjoyment with t20's and see tendulkar bat for 3 test.. that would a better choice.. :D

  • POSTED BY MartinC on | July 11, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    The real question here should be why only 3 Tests between the two teams currently ranked 1 and 2 in the world. 5 ODIs plus 4 Tests please.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | July 11, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Do whatever you wish to do with the schedule, BCCI. But please don't switch the Test matches before the ODIs. Sachin playing his 200th Test at Newlands on New year's day would be a fabulous start to 2014.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | July 10, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    As a fan of good Test cricket I find it really frustrating that SA never play series longer than three Tests. A team this good should be playing much more

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    3 test,5 ODI,2 t20 z better :)

  • POSTED BY PratUSA on | July 10, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    What's interesting is that FTP clearly states 3 tests, 7 ODIs, and 2 T20Is for this series. BCCI themselves are still hosting 7 ODIs series like the upcoming one against Australia in October. If BCCI is indeed insisting on reduced number of matches, it may be a case of dictating terms. Having said that I'll be really pleased to see fewer games played, with proper gap between games. Personally I would prefer to see 4 tests, and may be a total of no more than 3 or 4 limited over matches.

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Gowrishankar on | July 10, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    @Baundele: Really?, what is the logic in your point, Can you show us some revenue stats to prove your point?. Huff and puff comes the smoke!

  • POSTED BY Paddy789 on | July 10, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    One T20, 5 ODIs and 4 Test should be the new tour itinerary.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    If BCCI feels 7 ODIs are too many, then why they decided to have 7 ODIs against Aus this year?

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Reduce 7odis to 5odis and remove the 2-20-20 match add 1 more test so totally 4test and 5odis is gud

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Yeah, 7 ODIs??? SA will walk the tests, India could edge the ODIs but T20 will be even . . .

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 10, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @Rashied Wilkinson: You are probably the 1st SA fan here who is so arrogant. You said you recall India initially agreeing to this schedule, did you see it in dreams? What happened the last time India went to SA? India bowled SA out for 131 which was the lowest score of the series. It was India who tore SA batting there. It was SA who were lucky to manage a draw in the 3rd test as it is clear to anyone who saw it that India dominated it through and through. Using your own logic, when India toured SA in 2010-11, that series too had only 3 tests. India were #1 at that time so perhaps it was South Africa who did not want to play 5 tests vs India cos they are scared of being exposed. Howwwzzzat?

    If I was a SA fan I would hope that Kallis/Morkel/Steyn last for 3 tests leave alone 5 tests. We saw how Kallis wanted to rest & did not play in the CT13 after playing in IPL. We saw how Morkel couldn't even bowl 10 overs in an ODI there and how Steyn had a false start.

  • POSTED BY Marktc on | July 10, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    If there is eight days between the two test...slot in another test.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    @Baundele, The BCCI just has way too much say in world cricketing governence. They object to everything that does not profit them. Its sad when the real battle is in the baordroom at the expense of the game and the fan, rather than on the pitch. And yes 8 days between test matches don't make sense.

  • POSTED BY PureTom on | July 10, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    This sounds like a rather embarrassing oversight. It is not terribly surprising considering the mis-communication is between two boards who are currently under "temporary" leadership. Possibly some emails are in the wrong inboxes :) These 2 boards have an excellent relationship andthis will be sorted out with a minimum of fuss.

    That being said 8 days is too long between tests. The first gap of 2 days is necessary to have a Boxing Day and a New Years Test, but 5 days should be a sufficient break before the 3rd Test. SA does not usually start tests earlier than Wednesday during a week so that may have something to do with it. The 8 day gap last year when playing Pakistan was annoying, boring, tortuous, etc.

    7 ODI's is too much, way too much. 5 ODI's is a lot, 3 would be better. A recent tour between SA and NZ had 3 T20's, 3 ODI's and 3 Tests. Perfect.

    (My personal preference would be no T20's, 3 ODI's and 5 tests, but one shouldn't be greedy!)

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | July 10, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    India's matches against Australia, England and Sri Lanka are financially profitable. South Africa is not so attractive. Moreover, they are an all pace side. Very unfomfortable for India. And 8 long days between tests do not make any sense. BCCI is right on this.

  • POSTED BY Surajrises on | July 10, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Who wants 7 ODIs? 3-4 would b enough.

  • POSTED BY Priyavrat96 on | July 10, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    PLEASE reduce 7odis to 5odis&extend the gap between two days

  • POSTED BY Bowlersholding on | July 10, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Please less ODI's and another test! Agree that 8 days between tests is too much.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | July 10, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    4 tests, 5 odis (no T20s please)

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | July 10, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    To all my SA friends... U deserve the #1 tag. But this arrogance is something unexpected from u all. As far as I know, India and SA are closest among all cricketing nations... I don't see 2 teams play a cricket match to celebrate a political anniversary. But India and SA played (Even though rain also participated in the end of the innings)... just try to understand that India have a packed calender, so rest is a must. Let the officials decide while we keep mute on this.

  • POSTED BY Kumar_cricket on | July 10, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Good BCCI finally they made a right turn...3 test and 5 ODI is enough and may be we can have 1 T20 match.It would be good if ODI followed by Test.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    i think it should be 4 tests, 4 odi's and 2 T20's ideally. But 3 tests is fine as well as we can do away with another 4 - 0 whitewash against us :) #smart#lessEmbarassing

  • POSTED BY crick_wizard on | July 10, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Why on earth do they play 2 t20s? t20 is no longer the side show or the appetizer it used to be earlier. It is serious cricket and involves serious money and fan following. Either they should play at least 3 games and reduce the number of ODIs or not play any t20s at all. 2 games do not provide any context and significance and more often then not, each team ends up winning one match, so there is no clear winner.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    @ Gobind_Dhaliwal 7 odi's are too many because it leaves only a weeks gap for the NZ tour, so read the article before commenting #CommonSense

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    A lot of us South Africans are not happy about this. We want to see more of big phil and steyn tearing apart the overrated Indian lne up. I recall India agreeing to this test mach/ODI/t20 split... Why the hell are they complaining now. Anyway i dont think India want to take SA on in more test matches... We're #1 obviously, so i think they saved themselves a lot of embarrassment. Lol, India want to rest for NZ, seriously???????, they should be resting and recovering for this tour.

  • POSTED BY Gobind_Dhaliwal on | July 10, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    If 7 ODI's are too many then why is India Playing 7 ODI's against Australia in October.

  • POSTED BY atrivedi101 on | July 10, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Most tests will be over in 3-4 days anyway. So a gap of two days between tests is enough as the players will be getting 3-4 days gap in reality.

  • POSTED BY Redxabi on | July 10, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Interntational cricket should have a rule in place for all tours. For every test match you can play 1 ODI and 1 T20. So 3 tests = 3 ODI = 3 T20.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    i would prefer 3 Tests,5 ODIs And 1 T20 For a bilateral Tour.......Excessive Games Will Also a Major effect on The Fitness Level Of The Players.......

  • POSTED BY Farce-Follower on | July 10, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    7 ODIs too much - from the BCCI !!! A whiff of fresh breeze from the new management. It should have been a 5 Test - 5 ODI - and no T20 series. Bilateral T20s make no sense.

  • POSTED BY GlobalCricketLover on | July 10, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    For those who are wondering why only 3 tests and so many ODIs, it all boils down to money. Unlike in Eng or Aus, Tests do not draw crowds in SA except for 1 or 2 grounds and that too when big tickets like Eng/Aus/Ind are the opponents. I too would like to see at least 4 Tests for a quality Test team like SA. Tests are good for neutral fans like us, but not for the board which is losing money for every Test they conduct. Unless SA crowds start watching more and more Test cricket and support their home team, the financial equation will continue to shift towards ODI and T20s. Remember that there was briefly a time when there was no sponsor for the SA team! It was a sad thing to happen to such a high quality team. I really hope SA cricket gains more popularity and do justice to the quality of cricketers it produces.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | July 10, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    @leighsydneychina: good only in t20? get over it, is that why we won two 50 over icc competitions in the space of two years?

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | July 10, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    considering young blood of team India and their peak at the time, BCCI should allow them to play as many as they get.

  • POSTED BY Sandman5five on | July 10, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Could we make it 3 T20s followed by 3 ODIs followed by 3 Tests? This way we will have enough Cricket of all varieties, although we would have loved a 5-Test Series, and perhaps we could also throw in a practice match or two before the Tests!

  • POSTED BY kabe_ag7 on | July 10, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Good move, BCCI! Wow I've been waiting to say that for so long.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    a lot of cricket is playing by INDIA without break

  • POSTED BY leighsydneychina on | July 10, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Ohhhhh the poor little things... 8 days between tests.... It should be 5 tests, but I suppose the BCCI didn't like that either....Talk about pathetic!! India are only any good at T20 now. That's all they want to play. As soon as the IPL is over for the year the whinging and whining emerges.

    It is TEST cricket... play it.... If you are too feeble to do this, then maybe your great players (nearly all retired now) should come back. Players who had courage, mental toughness and fortitude.... not having to have the BCCI tuck them in at night...

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    playing 7 ODI in bilateral series is not good idea. Today every board wants to make money when india touring their country by scheduling too much oDI and T20. Why they are not increases the number of test matches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Personally I would prefer 1 T20 and at least 3 Tests. Guess 5 ODIs is maximum I would go. If there is too many games or the time between games it is fair enough to raise concern to the hosting board not via the media, but this is South Africa's home series so it should not matter whether the Indian players want to play Tests before, after or inbetween the ODIs, the hosts should pick!

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    I approve of spksrinivasan's schedule though I feel you can squeeze in 2 20/20I as they are the future of cricket and most popular. I am not a huge fan of 20/20 but do endorse it only for inclusion in Olympics. I am absolutely huge fan of ODIs but I do think 5 are the limit and the remaining days should go towards the 4th test. Btw not everyone is a hypocrite in regards to watching tests, many people have jobs and can't stay glued to the telly for 5 days doesn't mean there shouldn't be tests. Many people watch as many sessions as possible so don't judge others. I also agree that a tri-series would have been great and we probably could have played some tests in WI if the weather allowed. And as for the order of the matches the tests should be played later during Xmas season for more viewers. A boxing day test is a tradition in many countries and you can't deprive them of that.

  • POSTED BY CricketFan1980 on | July 10, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    Just drop the T20s played internationally outside of ICC tournaments altogether. Series between India, Aus, Eng and SA must each be ICON series i.e., 5 tests. So this series should be 5 tests and 5 ODIs and no T20s.

    Let Australia play 5 tests too in SA. We can even have a tri series between India, Australia and SA in between the SA and Aus tests and SA and Ind tests.

    Time can be saved that way.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | July 9, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    & ODI's are too much for any bilateral series. Instead they can accomodate either two T20 or one more tests,latter being better option. ODI should be restricted to multination tournaments.

  • POSTED BY VVSR92 on | July 9, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    yeah a sensible objection for bcci 7 odis that too after having 2 t20s initially is an overkill & does not appeal to the public . 3tests are minimum & it would be better if test are played before always .

  • POSTED BY UndertheGrill on | July 9, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    @Alexk400 India will be playing a 5 test series against England in 12 months, I think.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    southafrica made 7 odis because if they win the series they can become number 1

  • POSTED BY cricket_frenzy on | July 9, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    3 tests, an tri ODI series with zimbabwe(two roundrobins still ending up with 7 odis) as a way of encouraging weaker teams to get enuf exposure and one t20 will do a lot good to cricket

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | July 9, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    t20 is a future of cricket. Discard tests, add 2 more t20's.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    I love that most of the people that want to watch test cricket won't actually watch it. Rather they will read about it online or watch highlights. What a waste.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | July 9, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Seriously this is bad. two top team 3 Test ? It should be 5 test between SA and India as pakistan is done and dusted as opposition. India really need to play England,Australia and SA 4 test each as they won't play anyone 5 test in near future. I still remember the 5 test india played against mighty west indies when they visited.

  • POSTED BY spksrinivasan on | July 9, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    It is high time to reconsider for a revised schedule as follows: * 18 November: T20 Tour match, India v SA Invitation XI, Potchefstroom (Day/Night) * 20 November: Only T20 International, Johannesburg (Day/Night) * 22 November: 1st ODI, Cape Town (Day/Night) * 24 November: 2nd ODI, Durban (Day/Night) * 27 November: 3rd ODI, Port Elizabeth (Day) * 29 November: 4th ODI, East London (Day/Night) * 1 December: 5th ODI, Centurion (Day/Night) * 4-7 December: India v SA Invitation XI, Paarl (4 Day Tour Game) * 10-14 December: 1st Test, Bloemfontein * 18-22 December: 2nd Test, Johannesburg * 26-30 December: 3rd Test, Durban * 3-7 January: 4th Test, Cape Town

    Thus, we can have an extra Test match by dropping aT20I and 2 ODIs.And, the tour also will get finished by 7th of January itself. The players can get more than a week long break before heading to New Zealand. I request BCCI to consider the above schedule. I hope that BCCI will do a favour as we are eager to watch more Tests.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    T20 should be there only for club level matches, 4 test matches, and five odi's. Simple.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | July 9, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    I support BCCI on that. No more than 5 ODIs. 3-4 tests and 1 t20.

  • POSTED BY RDLikesCricket on | July 9, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    7 ODIs is an overkill, why not play just 3? Rather have 4 test matches and that should make for a good contest. Knock the T20 off.

  • POSTED BY usernames on | July 9, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Cut all ODIs down and let's play 500 tests, starting December 2013 and ending when Tendulkar retires.

    Heh.

    No, but this is a good move from the BCCI. We should play maybe 3 ODIs and one more test, at the very least. I remember how good the last series was... a 4 test series is just what India will want (not the BCCI, India).

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Teams like Bangladesh , Zim, Ireland dreams of playing that many Tests , ODIs and T20's as India does in a single tour . Hope somebody like the ICC pays attention to this rather than money .

  • POSTED BY calcu on | July 9, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Good to see that BCCI has finally realized that there players are not machines.

  • POSTED BY cheguramana on | July 9, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    3 tests, 3odis, 1 t20. 1 or 2warm up matches perhaps? Get a bit of rest before NZ series.

  • POSTED BY SushantSrivastava on | July 9, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    4 Test Matches, 5 ODIs & 1 T20s

    This is good enough..

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Get back to golden days. Just drop T20 matches and go for 7 ODIs & 3 test matches...... Discard T20 format which is destroying good cricket & good cricketers...................

  • POSTED BY Edassery on | July 9, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Look who's talking! BCCI used to always push for more ODIs and lesser test matches. May be late realization?

  • POSTED BY cricket-india on | July 9, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    bcci objecting to too many ODIs...pinch me!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    More odi's make more money for CSA, where ever the Indian team goes it becomes a money making opportunity for the home team so you can understand where CSA is coming from. I would prefer 4 test matches, 3 ODI's and 2 T20s.

  • POSTED BY Rajeev129 on | July 9, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Yes 7 ODI's against a single nation in 3/4 weeks is too much. India is already scheduled to play a 7 ODI series against Australia just before that series. ICC should limit the no. of ODI's in a series to 5.

  • POSTED BY shillingsworth on | July 9, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Quite right BCCI. Too many matches, particularly ODIs. Hope you will insist on the same principles for all future tours.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Dropping two one days could mean that the first test could be round the 15 December, but that would mean no real time for warm ups and breaks between tests of 5 days and then 2 days. That makes a though itinerary.

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | July 9, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    I'd prefer 5 tests, 3 ODIs and 1 T20

  • POSTED BY WalkingWicket11 on | July 9, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    I prefer 1 T20, 3 ODIs and 4 Tests, as we have already had far too many ODI games with the CT and then the whats-its-name tournament going on in WI.

  • POSTED BY djdrastic on | July 9, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Cannot believe I am saying this but . Good job BCCI !

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 9, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    whatever the length of the series. ..doesn't matter ... india rock this time

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 9, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    In my opinion, there should be 2 T 20, 5 Odi and 3 test matchs.

  • POSTED BY agam99 on | July 9, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Wholeheartedly agree with BCCI here.

  • POSTED BY SevereCritic on | July 9, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Axe 2 ODIs and play 4 tests. 5 ODI series is good enough

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    5 Test should be played since nowadays Test cricket is vanishing and the peoples and players are losing interest .This situation is bad for cricket

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    I echoe @nathangonmad for once I support the BCCI. Why don't we cut the ODIs to 3 and have an extra Test. I'm guessing some boards will be pushing for more ODIs because the World Cup is the next major tourney.

  • POSTED BY nnothingelsematters on | July 9, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    I agree, 7 ODIs is an overkill, I would prefer 1 T20, 5 ODIs and 3 or 4 tests, so that the players get enough rest before flying to NZ.

  • POSTED BY nathangonmad on | July 9, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Wow for once I support the BCCI, far too many games.

  • POSTED BY nathangonmad on | July 9, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Wow for once I support the BCCI, far too many games.

  • POSTED BY nnothingelsematters on | July 9, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    I agree, 7 ODIs is an overkill, I would prefer 1 T20, 5 ODIs and 3 or 4 tests, so that the players get enough rest before flying to NZ.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    I echoe @nathangonmad for once I support the BCCI. Why don't we cut the ODIs to 3 and have an extra Test. I'm guessing some boards will be pushing for more ODIs because the World Cup is the next major tourney.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    5 Test should be played since nowadays Test cricket is vanishing and the peoples and players are losing interest .This situation is bad for cricket

  • POSTED BY SevereCritic on | July 9, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Axe 2 ODIs and play 4 tests. 5 ODI series is good enough

  • POSTED BY agam99 on | July 9, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Wholeheartedly agree with BCCI here.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 9, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    In my opinion, there should be 2 T 20, 5 Odi and 3 test matchs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 9, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    whatever the length of the series. ..doesn't matter ... india rock this time

  • POSTED BY djdrastic on | July 9, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Cannot believe I am saying this but . Good job BCCI !

  • POSTED BY WalkingWicket11 on | July 9, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    I prefer 1 T20, 3 ODIs and 4 Tests, as we have already had far too many ODI games with the CT and then the whats-its-name tournament going on in WI.