Cape Town – It appears that a hasty meeting between the
respective presidents of the Indian and South African boards turned CSA in
favour of a proposal to significantly reshape the governance of world cricket.
But on the eve of the major ICC board summit in Singapore,
where approval for the new model was achieved, CSA president Chris Nenzani and
Indian counterpart N Srinivasan met and are reportedly on the verge of
completing an eight-year bilateral agreement over tours between the two
countries between 2015 and 2023.
While unlikely to significantly ease public perceptions that
CSA “sold out” by eventually voting in favour of the new administrative model,
it appears as if the South African contingent bowed to the “if you can’t beat
them, join them” school of thought – matches against India at home or away are
considered manna from heaven by all the major countries given the clout
generated through television broadcast rights and the like.
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