Decision on India's tour of South Africa only after BCCI AGM on September 29

Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat and Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel met in Dubai on Monday to consider India's tour to South Africa later this year. BCCI has objected to the length of the itinerary already announced by the South Africans.

updated: September 17, 2013 19:57 IST
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In what is clearly turning out to be a battle of attrition, India is yet to decide on their tour of South Africa scheduled later this year. If the meeting between the Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat and Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Patel in Dubai on Monday was expected to find a solution, it simply didn't. The BCCI is just not making any commitment, not until its annual general meeting in Chennai is over on September 29.

South Africa have no option but to wait. The acrimony between CSA (read Lorgat) and BCCI is now well known. While Lorgat must save the tour, BCCI is already making back-up plans and even mulled a tri-nation series featuring Pakistan and Sri Lanka in December. Impossible to antagonize BCCI at this stage, Lorgat has seemingly camouflaged his and South Africa's angst and shot out a diplomatic press release on Tuesday evening.

"I am happy to say that we had a constructive meeting and I would like to thank Sanjay for his friendliness and support in trying to find a way forward," said Lorgat. "After listening to Sanjay, it is clear that we will now have to wait for the BCCI's AGM to be completed before any tour schedule can be confirmed," Lorgat added, the tone of his words clearly indicating a sense of resignation.

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