South Africa and India try to resolve scheduling dispute

India were scheduled to tour South Africa for three Tests, two Twenty20s and seven ODIs.

Haroon LorgatCAPE TOWN (Reuters): South Africa and India cricket chiefs will meet in Dubai this month to try to resolve a dispute over the scheduling of a series between the world's top test nation and the World Cup one-day champions.

South Africa announced a schedule for the tour in July that included three tests, seven one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches, with the tour due to start in mid-November.

India have since agreed to host West Indies for two tests and five one-day matches between October 31 and November 27. The second test would be an unprecedented 200th for the world's leading run scorer Sachin Tendulkar.

A statement issued by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday said Board of Control for Cricket in India honorary secretary Sanjay Patel and CSA chief executive offier Haroon Lorgat would discuss the issue during an International Cricket Council chief executives' committee meeting on September 16-17.

"There has rightly been concern about reports of a shortened tour by India but I am looking forward to meeting Sanjay so that we can work out the best possible schedule under the present circumstances," Lorgaat said in the CSA statement.

"As custodians we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the game and all our stakeholders.

"It is clear to me that both our Boards are committed to working together to ensure the wonderful relationship we have had for the past 22 years is strengthened.

"As South Africans we will always be grateful to the Indian government for the leading role they played in first enforcing the sports boycott during the dark years of apartheid and later, together with the BCCI, facilitating our return to the world family of cricket nations.

"While we would not want to disappoint our fans and stakeholders and keep them abreast of developments, we have to follow official communication protocols in dealing with this matter, so we ask for patience and support as we engage our counterparts at the BCCI," Lorgat added.


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