Is Sachin Tendulkar's 200th Test spoiling India-South Africa cricket relationship, wonders Geoff Boycott

Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott feels that India should honour their obligation of playing three Tests against South Africa as the Proteas too have sponsor commitments to fulfill. Board officials to meet in Dubai next week to finalise itinerary.

updated: September 13, 2013 15:21 IST
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Sachin Tendulkar playing 200 Test matches will be an enormous feat in international cricket but it should not be done at a cost of spoiling relations between India and South Africa, says Geoffrey Boycott. The former England Test great feels Tendulkar's milestone match should not have been a reason for the Board of Control for Cricket in India to curtail the duration of the tour to South Africa. (Read: Wasim Akram hopes Sachin plays his last Test against Pakistan)

Officials between the two cricket Boards will meet in Dubai on September 16 and 17 to discuss the itinerary. The BCCI had rejected the itinerary announced by South Africa 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 (against West Indies) which overlap with India versus South Africa itinerary.

"I believe India have to fulfil their obligations. South Africa have sponsors. They've already said where and when they're playing. What about their public and their players? Their cricketing public have a right to see India. Putting Sachin's reputation in this position is unworthy of the BCCI. Sachin is a good guy and a great batsman and he doesn't deserve a row between two cricketing countries to spoil his big day," Boycott told ESPNCricinfo in an audio interview.

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