No headway on schedule for India's tour to SA


Kolkata, Aug. 7 -- India's tour of South Africa continues to be in a limbo as there is still no update on whether the revised schedule has been finalised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Expressing displeasure with the way the tour has been lined up, the BCCI had said after the July 28 working committee meeting in Kolkata that they would send a revised schedule to Cricket South Africa (CSA).

But BCCI GM (Game Development) Ratnakar Shetty said he was still unaware if the schedule has been decided. "I don't know. It will be announced after being finalised," Shetty told HT from Mumbai.

Gaps between the three Tests and the tour duration were some of the problems cited by the BCCI but the real reason for the delay could be the appointment of Haroon Lorgat as CEO of CSA.

Reaching out

It has now been reliably learnt that Lorgat is going overboard to appease the BCCI. The former ICC CEO has been constantly in touch with the BCCI interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya to iron out issues.

The BCCI was not pleased with the CSA after they ignored them and went ahead in appointing Lorgat as successor to the tainted Gerald Majola last month. But indications are that CSA might just be able to save their stake in the Champions League Twenty20 meet as it is still being considered a minor issue by the BCCI.

Lorgat, during his stint as ICC chief, has often had showdowns with the BCCI over the Future Tours Programme (FTP) and implementation of the DRS. Now that he is no more with the ICC, it has finally become a level playing field between him and the BCCI.

Tough job

The job has become more difficult for Lorgat now that he has to deal with Dalmiya. Dalmiya's prestige as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president had taken a beating when the ICC, under Lorgat, had decided to take away the India-England fixture from the Eden Gardens in the 2011 World Cup. The ICC had refused to grant an extension despite pleas from Dalmiya himself. With the tables turned, the onus it seems is now on Lorgat to mend ways with the BCCI.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.

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