CSA 'could lose R2.5m a day'
Haroon Lorgat (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) could lose massive amounts in revenue should India's tour to these shores later this year be shortened.
The Indians are scheduled to tour South Africa from November 21 to January 19 for three Tests, two Twenty20 internationals and seven ODIs.
However, the BCCI is yet to formally approve the itinerary for the SA tour and now reportedly wants a mere two Tests, three ODIs and the two T20 matches.
The BCCI announced
on Sunday that it had given the green light for a previously unscheduled tour of India by the West Indies (comprising both Tests and one-day internationals) in November, while also approving an itinerary for India’s trip to New Zealand which encroaches on the roster for the SA tour already revealed by CSA.
The West Indies tour now clearly threatens to overlap with the start of the SA tour, whilst an itinerary released by the New Zealand authorities on Monday indicates the first ODI against India starting on January 19: that is supposedly the final day of the third and last Test between the Proteas and MS Dhoni’s outfit at the Wanderers.
According to the Beeld website
, the BCCI's eagerness to snub South Africa stems from BCCI chairperson Narayanaswami Srinivasan's personal feud with newly appointed CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat. The BCCI opposed Lorgat's appointment and now reportedly wants to "punish" CSA for ignoring their requests. Lorgat angered the BCCI during his tenure as ICC chief when he refused to budge to their demands and also for his positive stance towards the decision review system (DRS).
Should the India tour be shortened, CSA would suffer financially due to lost revenue from TV rights deals.
Reliable sources revealed to Beeld
that CSA would be about R300m better off after the completion of the full Indian tour, but could now lose as much as R2.5m a day if the tour is shortened.
"If you take R100m from the budget for the Indian tour, then CSA would be in big financial trouble," a source said.
The source also revealed that CSA is not in a position to take the matter to court, as India is yet to sign the ICC Future Tours Programme.