Fanie: Boycott India!
Fanie de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Proteas fast bowler Fanie de Villiers says cricket's western powers, South Africa, England and Australia must stand together to boycott India.
This comes after the BCCI's bullying tactics regarding their upcoming tour to South Africa.
It was announced on Tuesday that India's upcoming tour to South Africa will take place but on a lesser scale than initially intended.
The month-long tour in December will comprise of a mere two Tests and three ODIs - much less than the three Tests, seven ODIs and three T20s initially planned.
Cricket South Africa's CEO, Haroon Lorgat
, will also not be dealing with matters related to India and the ICC pending an inquiry into allegations against him.
The allegations stem from his role in a statement issued by David Becker - a former legal head of the ICC - that the BCCI's flouting of the Future Tours Programme (FTP) could have legal implications.
In his statement, Becker said it was "improper" to allow a member body to "blatantly disregard an ICC resolution".
This statement upset the BCCI, who insisted that Lorgat be removed from any dealings in order for the tour to go ahead.
Pending the outcome of this investigation, CSA subsequently ordered the withdrawal of Lorgat from representing it at the ICC’s Chief Executive’s Committee (or from acting in any other ICC-related matters), and also withdrew him from having involvement in any aspect of CSA’s relationship with the BCCI, including but not limited to the upcoming tour.
De Villiers feels it's unacceptable that CSA was allowed to be "bullied" like that and called on England, Australia and South Africa to stand together.
"Something has to be done because the ICC has no backbone and is too lacklustre to do anything to this unhealthy situation," De Villiers said in an interview with the Beeld website
"They must make a plan to boycott India, because they are doing as they please in world cricket."
De Villiers also feels it would be in CSA's best interests if Lorgat steps down from his position.
"I feel CSA should pay him a few million to walk away. The situation is costing CSA a lot of money and is unnecessary."