BCCI makes Cricket South Africa sweat over India's tour in December

Cricket South Africa and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to officially announce the scheduled tour. Media reports say India have principally agreed to play 2 Tests and 3 ODIs in December, but the South Africans want a third Test.

updated: October 21, 2013 22:44 IST
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Cricket South Africa has admitted to that it was "still discussing" India's tour of South Africa in December. CSA media manager Altaaf Kazi said on Monday, "We are still in discussions and nothing is confirmed yet."

India and South Africa are discussing the prospect of a bilateral series as per the ICC FTP calendar. The BCCI has apparently refused to play a series consisting of 3 Test matches and 7 ODIs. Sources also reveal BCCI is unhappy over the appointment of Haroon Lorgat as CSA CEO. What has added fuel to fire is a media statement from former ICC legal head David Becker who has blamed BCCI president N. Srinivasan of openly violating the FTP calendar which was accepted by the ICC Board. Becker complains Srinivasan has arm-twisted Boards to suit BCCI's needs.

BCCI, while refusing to play a 3-Test, 7-ODI series against South Africa, have convinced the West Indies to play an unscheduled 2-Test, 3-ODI series in India in November. This series will also see Sachin Tendulkar retiring from Test cricket. Last week, Srinivasan met CSA president Chris Nenzani in London to discuss India's tour of South Africa but the BCCI gave no final commitment. The issue is expected to be discussed at BCCI's working committee meeting on October 26.

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