India in South Africa 2013-14

Cape Town misses out on India fixtures

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 30, 2013

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South Africa get together to celebrate a Jacques Kallis strike, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 2nd day, February 2, 2013
Johannesburg will host the first ODI and the first Test of India's tour © AFP
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Johannesburg and Durban will host India for an ODI and a Test each in December, while Centurion will also stage a one-dayer. Cape Town has not received a single fixture in the itinerary for the three ODIs and two Tests, which the BCCI and Cricket South Africa announced today, ending months of uncertainty over India's tour to South Africa.

India will arrive in South Africa on December 2 and play the first ODI at the Wanderers on December 5. They will play a two-day game in Benoni after the one-dayers as a warm-up to the first Test, which begins on December 18, also at the Wanderers.

"After the completion of our two Test matches against India we will have a further three Tests against Australia," CSA president Chris Nenzani said. "This will allow all of our five premier Test match venues to host a five-day match. I would also like to assure all our stakeholders that we are working on plans to fill the gaps in our international itinerary for the 2013-14 season."

His remarks referred primarily to Cape Town missing out on a Test - Newlands traditionally hosts the traditional New Year's Test, which has now been scrapped. A CSA spokesman said: "Because of the truncated nature of the tour it was necessary to centralise venues as much as possible. We are working on alternative plans to fill the gaps in our home international summer. This will not necessarily be at the New Year."

However, the decision seemed to have caught Western Province, the region where Cape Town is located."To go from having Sachin Tendulkar's 200th test to nothing is a big shock to us," Andre Odendaal, CEO of Western Province, said. "We lose several million [rand] in revenue."

Fixtures

  • December 2 - India arrive in South Africa
  • December 5 - 1st ODI, Johannesburg
  • December 8 - 2nd ODI, Durban
  • December 11 - 3rd ODI, Centurion
  • December 14-15 - Two-day match, Benoni
  • December 18-22 - 1st Test, Johannesburg
  • December 26-30 - 2nd Test, Durban

One of the primary reasons the BCCI did not want India's tour of South Africa to spill over into 2014 was the lack of a team sponsor. The current contract with Sahara ends on December 31 and neither Sahara nor the BCCI is keen on extending the decade-long association.

Had India played a New Year's Test in South Africa, the BCCI would have had to either request Sahara to continue as the sponsor for the entire series, or change sponsors midway. The Sahara option was not viable because of its dispute with the board, which resulted in the termination of the Pune Warriors IPL franchise.

The itinerary announced today gave the BCCI a two-week window in January to invite and open bids for a new title sponsor between the South Africa and New Zealand tours. India are scheduled to leave for New Zealand on January 14.

The shortened tour of South Africa will also allow the BCCI to keep their promise of giving the India players a break between two overseas tours, a point the board secretary Sanjay Patel had emphasised through the impasse with CSA. Some players will now also be able to play in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals from January 8 to 12.

While the BCCI didn't mention the sponsorship issue during their negotiations with CSA, it has been learned that the players' participation in Ranji Trophy quarter-finals was one of the reasons for India's inability to play a New Year's Test.

That India would tour South Africa was confirmed only on October 21, ending an impasse that had begun in July, when CSA announced an itinerary that the BCCI objected to, claiming that the South African board had acted unilaterally.

However, though there was no official statement, the sticking point seemed to be CSA's appointment of Haroon Lorgat as its chief executive despite a series of run-ins between Lorgat and the BCCI during his tenure as ICC chief. CSA agreed that Lorgat would not be involved in affairs involving the BCCI and CSA until an independent investigation into the controversial comments made by the ICC's former legal head David Becker, and Lorgat's alleged role in it, was completed.

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Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (October 31, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Enough of the politics bashing ... here comes my Indian squad of 16 ..... what ya say saffers ..... Here is my 16-Man India Test Squad After Sachins Retirement. We should play horses for courses. Bench Ashwin and play Ishwar Pandey in the playing eleven in SA/England/NZ ... If any of the top batsmen get injured play Ambati Rayudu. Seems like Jaddu is injured ... if that takes a long time to recover I would keep Baba Aparajith on reserve to get India cap. 1)Shikhar Dhawan 2)Ajinkya Rahane 3)Pujara 4)Rohit 5)Virat Kohli 6)M.S.Dhoni 7)R.Jadeja/Baba Aparajith 8)Ashwin 9)Zaheer 10)Bhuvi 11)Umesh Yadav 12)Ishwar Pandey 13)Ohja 14)Amit Mishra 15)Ambati Rayudu 16)Mohammed Shami

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (October 31, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

More disgraceful manipulation from the BCCI. We lose our strongest Test ground (Newlands) and have to play on our weakest (Durban). Then India go off to play much weaker opposition for Sachin and we are left with another window of not playing test cricket. First Sri Lanka pulled out of their Test matches and now India.

As a Saffa fan this is one of the best Test teams we have ever had and we are constantly denied opportunity to watch them play. It just seems that everything is at the BCCIs terms - even the people we appoint to run CSA.

Posted by philvic on (October 31, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

This is terrible. Not only have the Indians forced a miserably shortened tour, they have also lost the Test at SAs fortress of Newlands and given them a Test at Durban which is our Bogey ground and more like a home match for India. What an own-goal. They should rather have told the BCCI to take their series and keep it and found another team to tour. Even a Summer of competitive full-strength provincial cricket is better than this aberration.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

So the 2 Cities with High rainfall in December get the Tests, and the Dry summer Cape Town, gets Zero, looks like a rained out Test series

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

@satishchandar - You are being a little economical with the truth or to be fair you are being fed an economical version.

The schedule was discussed with the BCCI before it was released. There are plenty of emails and there were calls. The BCCI were only willing to sign off after they had discussed all other options both sides of New Year. How do you plan a tour at the end of October? The BCCI had no intention of coming in November UNLESS they couldnt fill their November slot with the WI or someone else. Was this disclosed?

As for Lorgat. Lorgat the ICC CEO was acting under the instructions of the ICC Board to which India provides a member. He was not acting outside his mandate.

Posted by Halfspinner on (October 31, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

@Peter Dembitzer -- What's your evidence that India dictated the choice of venue? And why would the choose Durban? What is more important -- crowd support or a more friendly track. I know the record of other sides in Cape Town, but India almost won the test there last time.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

Now we have India dictating to the home country where tests should be played. Playing India in Durban is insane, like playing the All Blacks in a winner takes all test at Newlands.

Posted by king_julien on (October 31, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

To all the people shouting from the rooftops about India chickening out....its one of the rare 2 match series India are playing, otherwise they always play a 3 match series (Sri Lanka and Pakistan too). How many 3 match series has SA played in the subcontinent in last decade...1, they don't even want to tour Sri Lanka. Such a skewed stat and still no SA fan has ever questioned it.

As for the venues, sadly two test matches can be played in 2 venues only and as pointed out they wanted to cover all the 5 venues and will cover the rest 3 with Australia. What will you rather have...India play all its 4 innings in Newlands while SA plays its innings at other venues?

Its all fine to condemn the boards if things are not happening as they should. (I also keep doing that for ICC and BCCI..I for one even wanted a 4 match series leave apart a 3 match one). But its quite stupid to bring out all these awful views and childish reasons. Indians atleast condemn BCCI, yet to see others condemn theirs

Posted by satishchandar on (October 31, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

What is so great about the headlines? All three Johannanesberg, Newlands and Durban are great test venues and you got only 2 test matches.. The whiners will whine for the left out venue. Had Lorgat had the decency of discussing the schedule with BCCI before making it to media, they might have tried to snick in some more games in any format..

Really cricket is the loser but why are the people blaming BCCI alone here? Lorgat was locking horns with BCCI all the way when in ICC and he did the same now to instigate them again and his board(the one which he is leading now) faces the re-action from BCCI..

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

Enough to see how BCCI/INDIA is poor on this forum as per usual comments by some experts (BCCI/India lovers). Nothing can be achieved here other than personal hatred opinions. I could know here from SA fans that their Rank no.1 team is much dependent on locations. Shocking!!!! If Newlands is not there, they can't win. Sometimes fans unnecessarily tend to put awful views. SA fans should compare their current with Hansie's team & surely would know better the difference. It's terrible to see in UAE how their current batsmen are going to the centre for mere attendance only where Tsotsobe/Parnell hitting same Ajmal out of the park. It looked same as in recent SL's thrashing 4-1 tour they got. SA fans should move on to enjoy best of cricket & cricket only. Both administrative boards had presented here about their limitations because of some other issues & those facts can't be overlooked by fans that are focusing on bashing only. Lorgat issue still remained mere perception only.

Posted by Halfspinner on (October 31, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

@nzcricket174 -- Really? India almost won the last time we played a test at Cape Town. Based on historic record, if there is one venue we might want to avoid, it is Durban. Just sayin.'

Posted by tanstell87 on (October 31, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

but this short tour promises great entertainment for fans of both countries...India playing the number 1 test team in 2 tests & South Africa playing World Champions & number 1 ODi team...i hope next time this two sides play it should be 4 tests-5 ODIs-2 T20Is

Posted by tanstell87 on (October 31, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

@nzcricket174 - Indian fan here...are you sure they will score 50 at Newlands...i dont think so... Sri Lanka 43, New Zealand 45, Australia 47, Pakistan 49...so India are likely to score 51 or 41 at Newlands...but now its not likely to happen...

Posted by   on (October 31, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

The BCCI just made this personal! I've been going to the new year's Newlands test since I was 6 yeas old, it is something I look forward to every year.It is always the best attended test with the best vibes in the country. Now I will miss out on seeing my favourite players (south african and indian) because of petty administrative nonsense. Just sad.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (October 31, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

India just don't wanna play at Newlands so they won't get bowled out for 50.

Posted by YS_USA on (October 31, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

Power of BCCI and India lies in its huge population and huge TV market. For purposes of cricket, it should be divided into two parts, North India and South India or India Blue and India Red.

Posted by moretestcricket on (October 30, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

So I am unsure of the future of test cricket. I am 100 percent behind the introduction of T20 cricket because it has increased scoring rates throughout all forms of the game. It has also without doubt increased the profile of the game. I remember a day when a test team scored 250 in a day and it was a hugely successful day. These days 300 in a day is the norm. So to get to my point i am worried about the amount of games going on between top test nations. SA vs Pakistan, 2 tests. Why? 2 great teams with no result. This has happened so often over the years. What has happened to the big 5 test series? So often I hear top commentators asking the same question but nothing seems to change. Now SA vs India, 2 tests?!? Please can somebody explain what is going on?

Posted by philander50 on (October 30, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

SHOCKING!!!!!!!!!!!, absolutely shocking.............. this goes to show how far the bcci are willing to go to get their own way. Personally I never thought that India were afraid of S.A in s.a( in test cricket) but now this proves it, take away Cape town and you take away a humiliating defeat, it looks like I won't be seeing India bowled out for under 50 at Newlands @DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement.. yeah well done, lets play 7 odi's only and no tests, are you on the bcci board by any chance.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (October 30, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

Two test matches? Is this all India are fit enough to play these days? If they can only handle 2 tests they cannot be classed as professional sportsmen as they cannot compete physically with the players that play 4 or 5 tests. Their poor reputation in the fitness department can only continue with such an abject display of sporting prowess. Real International Test Cricket, the pinnacle of the sport, should be ony available to teams that agree to play 3 - 5 matches in a series. If I was an Indian fan I'd be shocked and pretty ashamed at this news.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

india needs zaheer khan,umesh yadav ,irfan pathanon this tour hopefully they wont bring in vinaykumar and ishant sharma for gods sake i hope they try out the varun aaron kid hes got some pace

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

sure india has has cut short the tour for sponsor issues....need to give priority for more test matches outside india...test championship is not far away.....hope indian bowling gets some new speedsters to tackle south africa because they are well settled in facing spin attack

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 30, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Jeez SA hardly plays a 4 match series. When was the last time SA played a 4 match series? (And all self boasting SA fans when was the last time you clean swept against Eng/Aus/India at home atleast? Must be long ago.). First there was complaints about not having a boxing day test and then about the venue.

And for the so called thrashing talk i shall wait for the series to complete and see who thrashes whom to what extent. You barely manged to draw the last time despite having favorable conditions in first match.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

@Halfspinner ,

NO comments about bowling ?? Who is gonna get you 20 wickets at reasonable price against what is easily the best Test batting line up in the world..

Posted by pull_shot on (October 30, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Worst worst decision by bcci 3 test matches would be ideal our players would have learn valuable knowledge from no 1 team

Posted by dsscreen on (October 30, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

kallis fans surely miss the match against india that wasn't played in newlands

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

Someone tell CSA that Loxwood Cricket Club in Sussex is available to tour in January. We won't even want a share of revenues, just pay our costs and we're yours!

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

No surprises that Durban has been given a test and an ODI given its large Indian population, but I thought that Newlands was one of the only venues that people actually turn up to watch Test cricket.

Posted by Halfspinner on (October 30, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

@mahjut -- The basics have changed. The team went to Oz had quite a few geriatrics. This side fields really well; runs between the wickets very well; bats really, and is led well. The A team did well in ZA, and most important, they are not afraid of Steyn. I think we are about to see the best phase in Indian cricket ever.

Posted by BarnieDuncan on (October 30, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

South Africa should invite the West Indies for two to three tests in January.

Posted by mahjut on (October 30, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

@Halfspinner- although i do agree that India do have some really good youngsters it's really hard to judge them accurately because they have not really played outside India. The last time Ind toured was to Aus and were hammered 4-0 (by BIG margins) in the Tests. Why are we expecting it to be different? ... the youngsters are untested abroad - even if it was good to see some pitches during the IPL were a bit more bouncy than the usual. On the plus side, SA tend to get caught against India at home so a two test series may get a draw or a 1-0 win (draw in second test) for India.

Posted by grizzle on (October 30, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Fervent hope from this Indian: I hope the BCCI XI is pummelled by the number 1 test team in the world!

Posted by Halfspinner on (October 30, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

@RichardW -- You might be in for a bit of a rude surprise, mate. This Indian team is not going to roll over. This is the new generation. Their key batsmen are not afraid of pace; they are a fantastic fielding side; and even the bowling can come good on SA conditions, with at least two pacemen who can hit good lines at 140x speeds. SA, on the other hand, have some liabilities. Kallis today is not what he was a couple of years ago. A pity this could not have been 5 tests. We'd have totally blown the SA bubble; and that would have been the right way to deal with that bully, Lorgat.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

tanstell87. You said it. BCCI doing tit for tat due to unrelated events at ICC that has nothing to do with players or fans.

Cricket is the loser.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 13:58 GMT)

Let's all stay away from all the matches of this tour.If we each donate R100 to the SA Board,they will not suffer financially and the Indians can go home.Or better still,don't even arrive. DON'T go to the games-donate the Rands instead.

Posted by RichardW on (October 30, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

Two easy wins in the tests, probably both by an innings, for South Africa.

Posted by PureProteas49 on (October 30, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

@DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement, You have never beaten us in our back yard before, whats going to be different this time, with that said, bring it on, should be fun

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

@satishchandar

Correction - England - SA was a 3 test series (SA won 2-0) and there was talk about the next one being 4 or 5.

Also - SA in Australia was 3 tests. - Pakistan in SA was 3 tests

Granted SA in UAE was 2 tests

The more unforgivable thing is that this is only settled so late. Marketing is now hard.

We seem to be juggling the series for silly reasons - Sliding a unscheduled WI tour into the mix - Sponsorship - Punishing SA for selecting their own CEO

I am not saying that India is 100% to blame. I will venture to guess that they are way more than 50% to blame

Posted by tanstell87 on (October 30, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

would like to see Dhoni to play 4 fast bowlers in tests as Ashwin & Jadeja both would be useless on South African wickets....

Posted by tanstell87 on (October 30, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

@Martin Van Rooyen - you are missing the point here mate....BCCI was treated shabbily by Mr. Lorgat when he was ICC CEO...so you should expect BCCI to do tit for tat & again i like to remind people that South Africa last toured India for a full series in 1999/2000 when they played 2 tests & 5 ODIs...after that it has been 2 tests in 2004/05....5 ODIs in 2005/06....3 tests in 2008 & 2 tests/3 ODIs in 2010...on the other hand India played full series in South Africa in 2001/02, 2006/07 & 2010/11....so how people expect India will play a full tour...sorry guys but this is the truth...we should accept it & enjoy the duel between Dhawan & Steyn/ Kohli & Morkel / Pujara & Philander...

Posted by Inducker on (October 30, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

I think CSA reasons it will get better test crowds with Indian support in Jbg and Durban while a Cape Town test what ever the opposition if they find one will probably be supported anyway. But hey what's this with the sponsorship story - at least some of SA's problems seem to begin with poor administration regardless of what BCCI does.

Posted by Halfspinner on (October 30, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

Speaking just as an Indian fan, I'd really like to say sorry to ordinary Cricket loving South Africans. Frankly, neither of us deserved this. Looking back, it appeared, even when India-A toured, that we'd be getting a nice long series that this match up deserves. Then, something went wrong. Much as I'd love to blame the BCCI, it does take two to tango. Whatever happened, I think it is important for us fans to keep the composure. If possible, let us try and build a society to rid the game of pettiness.

Posted by MCC_Tie on (October 30, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

What the BCCI wants, the BCCI gets. Utterly shameful behaviour.

Posted by sidh78 on (October 30, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

@dear xolile, last time india go to sa in 2011 and india draw the series 1-1. actually india nearly won the series.in draw match india dominate in total match but due kallis inininga sa escape from defeat but india totally dominate that match.dear that is truth and also indian batsman thrashed sa bowlers on fast pitch in C T in engaland.we indian fans also disapointed due to short tour & not happy on bcci for such unprofesional behavior but in that matter no fault of indian team &players.so cool man respect the other team.peace

Posted by 200ondebut on (October 30, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

Not sure India deserve more than two tests - they after all no longer one of the top sides. I would also wager that they may find some spicy wickets designed solely to allow the SA quicks to destroy the Indian soft batsmen.

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (October 30, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

now india is no1 in odi format and playing extremely well in all places, so we should have played 7 odi's ONLY against SA, and let the whole world to know that how good SA bowlers in ODI against no1 indian team. We all know SA team is chokers, and also including steyn SA seamers are not that good in odi. We should play to our strength.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

All these comments backing the BCCI behaviour are missing the point. Cricket lost due to self interest, money and politics. My family and I booked a holiday in Cape Town to coincide with what would have been a once in a lifetime test. No more. India being properly tested against the Nr 1 ranked team. No more. Highlight of the cricket calendar in SA. No more.

Cricket lost. No matter who is to blame.

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (October 30, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

I wish it had been possible to have a Test at Capetown as well and delaying the start of the New Zealand tour by a few days.It seems an irony that at one point the same New Zealand tour was in some doubt in regard to the eventual itinery. I think, the BCCI is unable to accomodate the third Test as everyone wants because of its sponsorship problem.It is very true that if a third Test had to be accommodated,possibly at Cape town,they would need to either speed up the process of getting new sponsors even before the South African tour or request the present Sahara to continue till the end of the tour.Sahara is in all kinds of problems financially and they may not agree to accede with the BCCI's request to carry on as sponsors till the end of the SA tour.That apart the BCCI and Sahara are not in the best of terms because of the scrapping of Sahara's IPL franchise,Pune Warriors.South Africa shares a good relationship with India and the BCCI should ideally speed up thetendering process.

Posted by vatsap on (October 30, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

So this was the real reason why BCCI was wrangling, that they don't have a sponsor for 2014. Couldn't the richest board in the World managed the team for 10 days at the max. The price we all pay for greed, when the game gets controlled totally by money. 15 years ago, this would have been a complete non-issue. No point playing 2 tests, they might as well scraped the tests and played 7 ODI's and 5 T20s.

Posted by GoCho on (October 30, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

@Farce-Follower excellently put. Trouble with us Indian fans is we never stand upto poor administrators. We forget that the BCCI is laughing its way to the bank thanks to supporters like us. We forget that we can hit them where it hurts most. The BCCI did it with the IPL running it as per their whims and fancies. Unfortunately nothing will change, the next ipl will have full crowds again and the big bully will continue to dictate everything.

Posted by satishchandar on (October 30, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

Well.. The people are still crying.. England-SA was a two test series and the most recent test series of Pakistan-SA, Zimbabwe-Pakistan, Bangladesh-NZ all were 2 test series which ended with no real winner for the series.. Honestly, the Pakistan-SA series would have been more interesting had it been a 3 test series.. But no talks there..

Too much fuss made out of the things really..

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (October 30, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

good move by bcci. They showed their power. I liked it.

Posted by cnksnk on (October 30, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

I don't have too much sympathy for the way BCCI functions. However I am not too sure if CSA does not have a role here. CSA anyway does not seem to b very kicked about tests. Remember even the test series against Pakistan was only 2 TESTS. Why did CSA not play 3 tests in Dubai. My personal view is that CSA wohld have preferred 7 ODI and 3 T20 instead of even the current 2 tests. Having said all this BCcI should have gone ahead with 3 tests and Odi's.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

A South African summer holiday is not a holiday without the annual trip to Newlands!!! Just after New Year, baking in the sun, enjoying a Castle Lager draft while watching Dale Steyn banging in againts batsmen. I really hope CSA can organise something else, as they can always be assured of a full capacity crowd at the heart of Table Mountain

Posted by Romanticstud on (October 30, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

India have had a history of disrupting our cricket schedule ... I remember the "TEST" in Centurion where Shaun Pollock got a 100 ... Now what about the spectator ... 2 Test series are a farce ... Against India a few years back, we gave them a hiding by an innings just to get the same treatment ... Against Australia we won the test in Cape Town after being on the back foot ... They won in Johannesburg when they were on the back foot ... Then Pakistan beat us hands down after batting first ... then we meted the same punishment ... A third test is all instances would have been nice ... How about a three test series being the minimum sanction by the ICC on cricket schedules?

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

CSA and ICC are cowards. Being bullied by BCCI. One of the coolest tests of the year and a long time tradition lost

Posted by Maloog on (October 30, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

Is South Africa so hard up for this tour. Where is our dignity. We can rather have Bangladesh or Zimbabwe touring here all the time then put up with this utter nonsense.

Posted by Staubinho88 on (October 30, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

I'm a Cape Townian and look forward to the new years test at newlands every year! Very disappointing there wont be a new years test next year.... But life goes on, and i guess i will just have to watch South Africa bowl India out for under 50 on TV.

Posted by Kaballas on (October 30, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Longhauler

SA have not lost an away series for 7 years or something.

India have never won in South Africa for 70 years and will not win for the next 70 years. Maybe 2 tests in rain affected venues is a good thing. losing 2 - 0 and at least lasting until day 4 is better than losing 5 - 0 in ten days of cricket.

Posted by o-bomb on (October 30, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Why are there no games in Cape Town when there are 2 each in Johannesburg and Durban?

Posted by Kaballas on (October 30, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

The sad part is now that the supporters/followers are the biggest losers due to someone's ego.

Being angry at the Indian players is not fair. They will not get a friendly reception due to their bosses.

I say call off the tour all together and all big sides should boycott the BCCI for future tours until their president also steps down.

I would much rather see RSA play England or Australia than these Indians. next they are probably going to prepare an indian day 5 type pitch in Joburg because the big bad wolf said so...

Posted by Farce-Follower on (October 30, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

BCCI - Enough is enough. You have damaged the game enough. Commentators, Schedules or the laws - what have you not interfered and ruined. Easily one of the worst administrators of any sport in the world. Thanks God that Cricinfo is not controlled by them. Else this comment would not surface.

Posted by Kaballas on (October 30, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

Ok so if it is about money....... RSA have to tour India as well sometime soon as is the norm. Will there also only be 2 tests then and who will then lose money? Or does a NZ/India test draw more viewer which I highly doubt.

I have lost all interest in this tour due to BCCI's acts and I will not go and watch nor support. Why do they play in Durban? It gets dark at 2PM?

I will also not watch the IPL again. Sooooo childish.....

Posted by Longhauler on (October 30, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

From the point of view of pure cricket, this itinerary is definitely disappointing. Should have been at least three Tests.

However, I think some of our S African friends in this forum need to get some context. First, while it is true that most Indian batters will not be at ease on South African wickets, this applies equally and reversibly to all teams, including the Proteus. You play at home you win, you play away you stagger. Second, there is no point complaining about the BCCI. It's easy to blame it, but face it friends, without the BCCI world cricket would be in financial doldrums. He who donates dominates, albeit unfairly at times (South African history provides a very good example of this, itself). Finally, for Pete's sake, CSA chinned its own CEO to please the BCCI… which house do you think needs more to be put in order?!

Posted by ramkmu on (October 30, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

BCCI are bullies. It is sad that there is protest against them by the sport writers or cricketers. It will be embarassing for India players to go thru' series, after all the spat between the boards.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

BCCI has gone mad. Playing such a short series with team like SA

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Why couldn't we have a four match series instead of a farcical two match 'series'?

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

@pragmatist. sachin'S retirement has nothing to do with this curtailing of India tour of SA .HE announced retirement only after WI tour of India is finalised.

the SA tour has been cut short because of internal problems between CSA and BCCI and because of BCCI's ego. get ur facts right before posting a comment.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Lets all look it as Cup Half Full,rather than Half Empty!!Short Tour is still better than no tour at all.Sure it would have been great to have 3-4 test matches instead of ODI's.Lets not get into another slugfest who is more to blame between CSA and BCCI.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

This is disgusting stuff from BCCI bringing politics into cricket and spoiling this beautiful game. Feeling bad for SA fans for not being able to witness a new year test this time due to our board .We Indian fans have also been robbed from witnessing some great real cricket.

Posted by o-bomb on (October 30, 2013, 9:55 GMT)

Disgraceful but not at all surprising given to hoo-har. The BCCI have acted entirely in the interests of their own pockets over this whole affair. Surely there is space for a 3rd test there before the NZ tour as Sumeet.Gupta rightly points out.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

@Jadejafan. It's obvious you are not to bright. Remember that there are 50 million people in SA and not 1.3 billion like in India. So there will be less supporters in SA than in India. That's got nothing to do with cricket. We are the number 1 test team in the world and even if we had 10 thousand supporters they still deserve to watch their team play against any other team in the world. If you knew anything about cricket you would also know that year after year the best attended test in SA is the Cape Town test. You would also know that Durban and Johannesburg falls in the summer rainfall area so there is a good chance of rain during the two test being played there. I went to the Newlands test when Pakistan played and the first two days were sold out and the test was over by the third day.

Posted by THE_MIZ on (October 30, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Very disappointed that Newlands didn't get any game. It is South Africa's fortress!! There's very few test teams that have conquered Newlands since readmission. Everyone knows Durban is a home game for India. Lol! Unlike my fellow South Africans, I don't think India will struggle. They played very well last time they were here - the only difference is that India has a less experienced line-up whilst South Africa have significantly strengthened.

Posted by Beertjie on (October 30, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Newlands would have been the only test at this time of the year that would have suited Indian spinners and bats. Good that they do not benefit from this. Just prepare a Wanderers green tip and green mamba at Kingsmead and watch the mighty India disintegrate come rain or hell water!

Posted by dogcatcher on (October 30, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

If the BCCI thinks this doesn't sit well and will not be remembered in time to come they are naive. Feast on your power now, life has a good way of turning the tables. I feel so sorry for Indian fans, cricket fans and also the players as any series against India is a challenge. Why not invite SA to say goodbye to the little master.

Good to see the CSA trying to arrange some games with Pakistan. They should lead the way by being the first nation to tour in their real home land. I'd back the Pakistan team to make that close. I would also try arrange fixtures against the sleeping giants that are Bangladesh and even look to Zimbabwe. Nourish all these teams so they will remember your support.

Posted by Spanjaard on (October 30, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Cape Town fans have been badly let down by CSA and the BCCI. Newlands has a proud history of hosting the New Years test which is always well supported by Capetonians...something other grounds have failed to do. I'm afraid this farce has gone too far and heads must roll. People putting themselves before the game have no place in cricket administration. Shame on all of you.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Why such tour should take place ? Stress & strain on players only. It is a 28 day test series only. ICC should look it in this matter very seriously.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

@Jadejafan You remember wrong. The New Year's test is pretty much sold out for all playing days. Boxing Day test also gets a good crowd, though they made that a T20 last year. Other times of the year the crowds are down a bit but the boxing day test and new year's tests always gets great crowds.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

good india will play 8 test in 2013

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

My bet is that if Tendulkar had not announced his retirement, the original tour itinerary would have gone ahead. The BCCI want Tendulkar to play his 200th test at his home ground !

Posted by domeroo on (October 30, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

shocker. easy decision to boycott when you live in cape town but not so easy to explain to the cricket-made 12 yr old :(. @BCCI - remember that the wheel always turns: can never be sure at what pace but it always always turns

Posted by Sumeet.Gupta on (October 30, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

The NZ tour starts on Jan 19. even if they played the new year's test match in Cape Town from 3 to 7Jan, they would reach India by 9th, stay with their families for a week and then move to NZ tour. Don't tell me that this hasn't happened earlier

Posted by Jadejafan on (October 30, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

South Africa have very poor crowd levels especially for test matches. I remember Pakistan and New Zealand test series and very small crowds.

Posted by BellCurve on (October 30, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

This is no great loss. India is useless in SA anyway. Their batsmen cannot handle pace and bounce. They can only handle slow bowlers on docile pitches.

Posted by craigals on (October 30, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Pathetic itinerary... This is what South Africa thinks. BCCI in for some bad karma...

Posted by pragmatist on (October 30, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

What a joke BCCI are, messing around with other major boards' schedules like this. Their incompetence is destructive, especially with regards to the sanctity of Test cricket. All to allow Sachin a hometown retirement. What a farce.

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (October 30, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

At last! Cannot ask for a better way to end the year, hope the team makes us proud with a good performance.

Posted by Constantiaberg on (October 30, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

That's ridiculous, how can Cape Town not get a match!

Posted by scotte on (October 30, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

So not only have CSA been rogered by the BCCI with a reduced schedule, they also give the Indians a game in Durban.

Posted by R.Dhanuka on (October 30, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

Oh Kosh...No Cape Town! Feel sorry for the Indian players on missing out to visit the world's best city this time around.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

Disgrace! CSA should not have accepted this. There has been a New Years test at Newlands for many years and now because the BCCI are crying, there won't be one. Boycott this tour, it's a farce. India need to stop getting their own way, whenever they involved there is controversy.

Posted by MCC_Tie on (October 30, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

This tour already has the feeling of an anticlimax. That the Indian Board of Control has gotten their way and deprived cricket lovers the world over of a fantastic contest is a shame. Reports that the SA and Pakistan boards are in talks for a return series is excellent news, the more test cricket during the SA summer the better.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

Very poor. History indicates that Indians take some time to settle down. That is usually why they loose the first test (atleast overseas) and do better in the 2 nd or 3 rd tests. To have a 2 day match as preparation for the tests and against the best set of fast bowlers.. 1 st test looks to be a disaster... Why does the BCCI not learn from past mistakes.

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