India in South Africa 2013-14 July 9, 2013

BCCI objects to South Africa tour itinerary


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

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  • Dummy4 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

  • Martin 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.

  • VENKATACHALAM 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.

  • Matthew 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

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2013, 17:57 GMT

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

  • Prateek 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.

  • Venkat 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!

  • Pradeep on July 10, 2013, 15:55 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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?

  • Dummy4 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