Even as the members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Working Committee get set to meet at the Taj Bengal in Kolkata on Sunday, the man on everyone’s mind is Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat.
While none of the members in the BCCI are willing to admit it on record, the main reason behind the Board wanting to curtail the year-end series against the Proteas to a two-Test, five-ODI and two-T20I series is to revolt against CSA’s decision to go against the BCCI’s wish and appoint Lorgat.
Earlier, interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya had clearly told Mail Today that the Board felt that the gap between the second and third Test was too long and reducing it would allow India to finish the tour earlier.
“We have told them that if the schedule can be changed a bit, it would be really helpful. We feel that with the second Test ending on January 6, we could start the third earlier than January 15.
CSA agreed to rework the itinerary and said that they would get back to us,” he had said.
But speaking to Mail Today, a senior BCCI official said on Saturday that CSA had tried to take advantage of the disarray in the BCCI ranks due to the IPL spot-fixing scandal and that the Board would rework the itinerary on Sunday and send it to CSA. “Re-working the itinerary for the tour to South Africa will be our primary focus as we wish to send CSA a new itinerary after tomorrow’s meeting. There is also a belief that they used the situation within the BCCI — the introduction of an interim chief and the stepping aside of president N.Srinivasan — to release the itinerary without finally consulting us. We need to set an example and such actions won’t be dealt with lightly,” he said.
“If they feel that our position has weakened since the president has stepped aside, they are wrong. Also, we aren’t too pleased with their decision to appoint Lorgat as the new CEO. We have had wonderful relations with CSA in the past and we wanted to maintain that, but Lorgat’s appointment is definitely not a step in that direction.”
He also said that the committee would discuss the idea of ending CSA’s stake in the Champions League T20.
“While it wasn’t in the agenda initially, there have been constant talks and the Board feels that ending the association with CSA as far as the CLT20 is concerned is also an option. But it remains to be seen if we come to a conclusion on that tomorrow itself,” he revealed.
The findings of the disciplinary committee — comprising of Arun Jaitley, Chirayu Amin and Jyotiraditya Scindia on ex-IPL chairman Lalit Modi’s alleged financial irregularities will also be discussed in the meeting, but no major decision is expected on it.
The members will also discuss the spot-fixing issue that rocked IPL-VI, with Sreesanth’s fate expected to come up for discussion.
But the official said that the Board will wait till the police reports come out, before taking a final call on Sreesanth.
“Ravi Savani [BCCI anti- corruption head] has been working on the whole issue and he will be discussing matters with the members, but a final call will be taken only after the police reports are submitted. Also, we are hoping to get the report of the probe commission tomorrow,” he said.
When Mail Today asked Dalmiya on Saturday if he had received the report from the commission, comprising former judges of the Madras High Court Jayaram Chouta and R.Balasubramaniam, the interim chief said that he hadn’t.