New Delhi: India is not cancelling its full tour of South Africa this winter, BCCI interim secretary Sanjay Patel said on Thursday.
“There’s no question of pulling out of the tour. What is a pullout?” Patel told MAIL TODAY on a day speculation arose over the fate of the tour.
“After they announced the itinerary of the tour [November 18- January 19], we just sent South Africa a five-line email. We are awaiting their reply,” he said, without disclosing the contents.
Asked if the number of matches could be reduced, Patel said: “It’s not an issue. There’s a question of logistics.” Patel, who is also the joint secretary of the Baroda Cricket Association, said countries chalk out itineraries mutually as per the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP).
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“See, people don’t understand [how it works]. There’s an FTP, and two countries have to sit together to chalk it out. It’s a case of how far we can push our case,” said Patel, but without explaining what this ‘case’ was.
According to the ICC FTP, India are scheduled to play three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20 Internationals. And CSA on Monday announced the itinerary comprising as many matches, but BCCI interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya said gaps between Tests were too long.
Speculation over India’s tour kicked up following reported friction between N Srinivasan, BCCI president who has presently stepped aside from day-to-day working, and Haroon Lorgat, a former ICC CEO who is said to be in fray to become CSA’s next CEO. The Srinivasan-Lorgat friction dates back to the time when the South African lawyer was ICC’s CEO between 2008 and 2011, and one of the points of disagreement was apparently over the implementation of the Decision Review System (DRS). Srinivasan and BCCI were vehemently opposed to it while ICC and Lorgat wanted it implemented.
Patel said BCCI has not cancelled any tour.
“Right now, we have not said no to anyone regarding our 2014 schedule. We have to tour New Zealand [immediately after the South Africa tour] and are talking to England as well. Then there is the Asia Cup and World T20 to be played next year. We are working everything out together,” he said.
Meanwhile, sources in South Africa said that Lorgat is still in the race for the CSA CEO’s post even as media reports named three other people who are supposedly also in the fray. They are Bheki Shongwe, managing director of Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa’s current football champions; university professor Denver Hendricks; and head of Kagiso media Murphy Morobe.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2009. MTNPL. All rights reserved.