India have confirmed that their tour of South Africa is on, albeit the fixtures have been curtailed to two Tests and three ODIs. The schedule for the series will be announced at a later date, a press release by the BCCI said. It was earlier reported that the tour would conclude with the Boxing Day Test.
The announcement followed after Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed it will suspend its CEO Haroon Lorgat pending an inquiry into his comments against the BCCI. The inquiry would be handled by an independent committee appointed by the ICC.
This brings to an end a bitter episode between the BCCI and CSA, one which the BCCI insists was instigated by Lorgat’s adverse views towards it.
India had been opposed to Lorgat’s appointment as the CSA chief and it led to deterioration of the cricketing relations between the two nations. In this period, the BCCI snubbed South Africa by inviting the West Indies for a home series which ate into the time allotted to the tour of South Africa. India were earlier scheduled to play three Tests, seven ODIs and a T20.
In a joint statement by the BCCI and CSA, BCCI’s secretary Sanjay Patel said, “The agreement to tour was concluded by the two boards after various concerns were raised around the recent ICC Board meeting in London about the alleged conduct of CSA’s Chief Executive, Mr Haroon Lorgat, and recent comments made about the ICC Board by a former legal advisor to CSA, Mr David Becker.”
Till the outcome of the ICC’s investigation, Lorgat would not represent CSA in its dealings with the BCCI, nor would he attend the ICC’s executive committee meetings.
Patel added: "The ICC and CSA have already refuted the comments made by Mr Becker, and the ICC is now considering its legal options in respect of the same. In addition, the ICC will convene an investigation by an independent third party (to be appointed by the ICC) into the content and distribution of the media comments, subsequent attempts to have them withdrawn, and, in particular, the role of Mr Lorgat in relation to these matters."