South Africa news September 6, 2013

Lorgat to meet BCCI secretary to discuss tour - CSA

ESPNcricinfo staff

Haroon Lorgat, Cricket South Africa's CEO, will meet BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel in Dubai in mid-September to "work out the best possible schedule" for India's upcoming tour, the South African board has said. CSA said the two officials will meet on the sidelines of the ICC's chief executives' committee meeting, scheduled for September 16-17, before BCCI interim head Jagmohan Dalmiya confirmed that the series was "never off".

"There has rightly been concern about reports of a shortened tour by India but I am looking forward to meeting Sanjay so that we can work out the best possible schedule under the present circumstances," Lorgat said in a CSA release. "As custodians we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the game and all our stakeholders."

Dalmiya told PTI: "We are likely to announce the fixtures after our AGM [slated for September 29]. The tour was never off and there was no issue or deadlock [with CSA]. We will just need to work out the modalities and I'm confident it would be done in due course."*

The Indian board had rejected the itinerary announced by CSA in July, which had India touring for three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20s between November and January. The tour's schedule remains in limbo now, with the BCCI having since announced the dates for other series which overlap with this itinerary.

This is widely accepted to be the result of the cracks that have developed in CSA's relationship with the BCCI ever since Lorgat's appointment as board chief in July. The Indian board, who was against his appointment, is also believed to be considering withdrawing CSA's stake in the Champions League T20, to have announced this year's tournament's fixtures without consulting with CSA, and to have told CSA staff that their services were not required in running the tournament in India. But Lorgat said both boards are working on "strengthening" the good relationship they've enjoyed over the past two decades.

"It is clear to me that both our boards are committed to working together to ensure the wonderful relationship we have had for the past 22 years is strengthened," he said. "As South Africans we will always be grateful to the Indian Government for the leading role they played in first enforcing the sports boycott during the dark years of apartheid and later, together with the BCCI, facilitating our return to the world family of cricket nations."

Lorgat also asked South African cricket's various partners to show "patience" with regards to the India series. "While we would not want to disappoint our fans and stakeholders and keep them abreast of developments, we have to follow official communication protocols in dealing with this matter. So we ask for patience and support as we engage our counterparts at the BCCI."

Earlier, some of the franchises who were scheduled to host India over the South African summer had said they were in the dark about the situation, and were uncertain about how to move ahead on matters like the sale of tickets for the scheduled matches. "All we know is what we have read [in the press]," Gauteng's CEO Cassim Docrat had said. Also, longstanding South African cricket sponsor SABMiller, the company behind Castle Lager, had expressed concern in the media over a trimmed tour and said it was holding discussions with CSA over the "implications of a shortened tour".

*18.15GMT, September 6: This article has been updated with Jagmohan Dalmiya's quotes

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  • Ashok on September 11, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    It is sad to see strained relations between CSA & BCCI, leading to Indian Tour schedule to be disturbed. India were the most fervent supporter of the SA cricket- the ones who backed SA being banned from international cricket in 1970 & most ardent supporters in welcoming SA back into the international Cricket in 1991. After such a fine history in the past & more recently thru' IPL, it is most annoying to see the current state of affairs. It takes years to build a good relationship & minutes to break it up. Mr. Dalmiya & Mr. Lorgat should set aside their personal interests & think in terms of their Nations & the Boards they represent. Maturity & Diplomacy should replace irrationality. Mr. Lorgat has extended a hand of reconciliation & it is a good place to start building the bridges once more- bridges which are based on mutual respect & trust. Mahatma Gandhi worked to eradicate apartheid in SA nearly a century back leading to Mandela following Gandhian doctrine to racial harmony at last!

  • indian cric on September 10, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    for a start SA shud get a new top guy. this lorgat fellow is not going to solve any problems but will create some more. He seems to be guy with a big ego. Some one has to back down, SA doesnt have what it takes to make BCCI take a back step so common sense would be to come to an agreement and for that you need to negotiate with BCCI and not dictate which is what lorgat is trying to do.

  • Dummy4 on September 9, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    I am South African and wish for a speedy resolution to this matter. After watching Ashes series and yesterday's second ODI between England and Australia, I am beginning to understand why BCCI doesn't want DRS. The Shane Watson dismissal was a case in point. The stupid system couldn't show a nic and yet the sound of on the snicko was so audible I could hear it watching tv in South Africa.

  • chris on September 9, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Mr Lorgat is effectively replacing Mr Majola, who had a very good relationship with the BCCI. When the BCCI was in trouble with hosting the IPL during the Indian elections, Majola managed to pave the way for them to have the tournament in South Africa instead - no small feat considering the limited time available and the logistical challenges (among others) that had to be overcome. The tournament turned out to be a great success and the BCCI rewarded CSA with a healthy payout as token of their gratuity. CSA had no other choice but to look for a strong candidate to replace him and Lorgat was by far the best candidate available. This however ruffled some feathers in the BCCI because CSA replaced a CEO who they had in the pocket with one who had a history of defying them- even after they had warned CSA not to do so.

  • Salman on September 8, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    BCCI continues to act as a bully.

    Cricket will suffer badly if any one board is so influential that it decides on most things related to cricket, including who should lead another board.

  • Sachin on September 8, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    India should tour South Africa for only Test and T-20's, for Odi's India should visit South Africa next year which will also help team before world cu in Aus and NZ. So Iteranity should be consits of 2 three day matches, three tests and three t-20s. i.e 18 International and 6 list -A days of cricket and in between 22 days break i.e 40 days.

    So India need to reach in South Africa at the end of November so they can finish the tour in mid-January.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Lorgat appears like SA's Lalit Modi. Hiring Lorgat is a bad move on CSA's part. if you look at the recent history, Lorgat carried water for ECB/CA in ICC, he did everything to antagonize BCCI other Asian cricket boards. And this move of unilaterally announcing the itinerary is another idiotic move - the brazenness if this guy is appalling. Lorgat suffers from complexes and is not going to be an effective leader for the CSA. I hope BCCI stays firm and keep this guy in check.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    "There has rightly been concern about reports of a shortened tour by India but I am looking forward to meeting Sanjay so that we can work out the best possible schedule under the present circumstances," Lorgat said in a CSA release. "As custodians we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the game and all our stakeholders."; says, Logart.

    If he means it, why he slept over the problem for two months?

    As per a news report in Times of India (dated 7th Sept), he was also depending on the "wrong" person in India, and got fooled by the false re-assurances! "Wrong", in the context of the current scheme of things within BCCI.

    Poor judge of people. poor assessment of the power structure in the organizations he has to deal with. Poor judgement on the timings and time (need for urgency) . Any casual observer can see this. Doesn't S A have a vibrant media to highlight these deficiencies?

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    I think BCCI wants to separate Test & One day series. They are looking forward to 3/4 Tests in this season & then 5-7 one days in next season before India's Australia Tour i.e replacement of West Indies tour of India with India's tour of SA. This will give them best preparation of World Cup.

    Problem with South Africa is finacial one i.e. that they will have wide space to fill the boot in this season. BCCI need to provide an alternative.

  • Harmon on September 7, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    @Kenneth Borland: You keep re-posting your misleading comments in every forum and you keep getting rebutted each time. BCCI and CSA were indeed in discussions about the tour schedule but NOTHING HAD BEEN FINALIZED. Holding discussions alone does not mean Reaching At Conclusions. How difficult is this to understand?

    Btw, next time someone rebuts you, have the courage to post again and explain why you deliberately mislead the readers. Otherwise it shows you in very poor light. Ind fans by and large tend to stick to facts and stats while a number of other post funny comments that have no basis whatsoever.

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