No ICC help for Cricket SA
Haroon Lorgat (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The International Cricket Council (ICC) can do nothing about the current fiasco playing itself out over India's upcoming tour to South Africa, a report on the Beeld website
The Indians were 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 tour and recent reports
now state that India wants to play the bare minimum of matches required to fulfil commitments under the ICC’s Future Tours Programme (FTP).
If that ends up being the case - a consequence of their tetchy relations at present with Cricket South Africa (CSA) - then the once 12-match glamour Indian visit will be depressingly whittled down to as few as two Tests and three ODIs.
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).
And while the ICC set up the global tour programme between 2012 and 2020, it has no jurisdiction over it, with the determined dates resting with the countries that organised the tours.
The ICC's only prerequisite is that teams must play at least 16 Tests every four years - an average of four per year.
Should countries not agree on the amount of Tests, ODIs and T20s, then a series will consist of the minimum amount of games: two Tests and three ODIs - which is exactly the amount the Indians now have in mind.