India in South Africa 2013-14 October 9, 2013

CSA chief to meet with BCCI on Friday


Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Chris Nenzani is set to meet top BCCI officials in Mumbai on Friday in a bid to break the deadlock over India's tour to South Africa. ESPNcricinfo understands that Nenzani, who was formally invited for a meeting by BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel on Tuesday, has not only accepted the invitation but also confirmed the date of the meeting after discussing the issue with Patel.

CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat, whose appointment resulted in a tiff between the two bodies, was not invited for the meeting, and is unlikely to fly down to Mumbai for the meeting.

Patel, who was in Rajkot on Wednesday to attend the unveiling of the Indian team's new limited-overs jersey, is likely to arrive in Mumbai on Thursday. BCCI chief N Srinivasan, who was recently permitted by India's Supreme Court to take charge as board president, will also attend the meeting.

Nenzani will skip CSA's annual general meeting, to be held in Johannesburg on Saturday morning. However, given that the boards may find a solution to the impasse over India's tour, stakeholders in South African cricket, who have been demanding the fixtures to be sorted out at the earliest, are unlikely to question their chief's absence from the AGM.

India's schedules for the home series against West Indies, which didn't feature in the FTP until it was announced, and the tour to New Zealand have already been announced. The BCCI is likely to offer CSA two Tests and three ODIs - the minimum requirement of a full tour according to ICC guidelines - instead of an earlier released schedule of two T20s, seven ODIs and three Tests. It remains to be seen whether the BCCI agrees to add any more international games to the fixtures, thus helping CSA recover a part of revenue losses in case of a shortened tour.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nanda Kumar on October 11, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    So when is this meeting. TodAy is friday and we are close to dinner time. Have not seen any announcementz till now. Unless it is a dinner meeting or are there areas of dis agreement that is holding up an announcement.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    @anshu.s it is quite obvious that you do not really know much about South Africa. Cricket is supported everywhere in SA but because most of SA falls in a summer rainfall area the chances of rain at a test match is quite good. That is one reason why some venues are not full during tests. The other reason is that most people in SA go on holiday during December/January. They normally travel to the coast. This would include Cape Town and Durban. Durban get a lot of thunder storms during the summer so cricket is not guaranteed. Cape Town falls in a Mediterranean climate area so they have dry summers and wet winters. So taking the weather and the amount of tourist on holiday during the new year test into consideration then you would understand why Newlands is always packed for test matches. The SABC does not have any money to be able to show sports like cricket or rugby.

  • Aaman on October 11, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    I suppose that between 2 November and 21 November two tests can be played between India and West Indies but there is no need of three ODI's. And the New Zealand tour should be delayed a week. So everything depends on the discussion between BCCI and CSA.

  • Roelof on October 10, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta I thought it was after the SA series - indeed, then I was wrong, Tendulkar playing at home doesn't mean for sure reduced tests in SA. Although it is pretty likely! In any case I'm still not very happy with how the BCCI handled the whole thing though!

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    @Posted by rjansen on (October 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT):

    Why are you (and a few others) forgetting that India will be playing TWO tests against WI, within India, BEFORE touring SA? He may get his farewell Test either at Eden Gardens or Wankhede!

  • des on October 10, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Jose Puliampatta : It wasn't a 'unilateral' announcement, CSA have emails from the BCCI confirming the tour dates but they changed their minds when Lorgat was appointed and decided to punish CSA.

  • Roelof on October 10, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Tendulkar says his 200th test will be on home soil. Since he is on 198, I guess either he does not play all games in SA, or the BCCI has already decided there will be 1 or 0 tests in SA. They have had an agenda all along.

  • Tahir on October 10, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    BCCI should also realize that WI are also surging and are certainly better than the side they were when India faced them before English whitewash which gave rise to Aussie whitewash and now Proteas whitewash is glaring. WI can give india tough gime in their own backyard WI are becoming stronger and stronger.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    @anshu.s: You are right. In the unilateral, earlier announcement of CSA; there were 7 (SEVEN) ODIs -- the MOST money making format. More so, when India is touring.

    The old saying that "Everyone loves Money, Honey !" seems to be correct.

  • Subramani on October 10, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    I am hopeful that this meeting will be a very successful one. I hope they agree to 3 Tests and 5 ODIs with a T 20 as well. That should be reasonable to CSA who have had to wait till the last minute to see what happens. The fact that South Africa are the No 1 Test side and India the No 1 ODI side should make the entire visit very marketable. That apart the youngsters who form the team "men in blue" could earn their wings with a solid performance in South Africa as looks fairly possible. They could very well push the legends that they have replaced into history if they succeed in beating South Africa in the Tests or at least drawing the series as they did in 2010 when they were poised to win the series but were thwarted by rains and bad light when in sight of victory.The other point is that even if they lose after a good fight they will have done enough because these very South Africans have beaten England and Australia away. So there can be nothing better to look forward to this winter.