The BCCI’s decision to invite the West Indies to tour India in November means the schedule for India’s tour to South Africa will now have to be shortened.
While N Srinivasan, the board president, has said the South Africa tour has not been scrapped, the fact that the BCCI did not take a decision on the tour at its Working Committee meeting is seen as the board’s way of registering its resentment over the appointment of Haroon Lorgat as Cricket South Africa chief executive.
“We have [merely] proposed a West Indies series in November,” Srinivasan told PTI. “There were neither any discussions on the South Africa series, nor did any members raise any questions on it."
At the meeting, the BCCI approved India's tour of England in 2014, so its decision not to even discuss the South Africa tour is surprising at the very least. The BCCI had also publicly objected to the itinerary South Africa had released in July that begins on 18 November and includes three Tests, seven ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals.
According to ESPNcricinfo, the BCCI and CSA have been in discussions over the tour, with the Indian board willing to offer a two-Test, three-ODI and two-T20 tour.
India’s tour to South Africa is part of the ICC’s Future Tours Programme, while the proposed tour by the West Indies is not.
The BCCI had warned CSA about appointing Lorgat as their chief executive back in February, saying relations between the boards would suffer if he took over. The board's unhappiness with Lorgat goes back to his time as ICC chief executive, when they clashed with him on more than one occasion, particularly over his outspoken support for DRS (Decision Review System) which the Indian board has consistently opposed. Lorgat also wanted a tough FTP and supported the Woolf review of the ICC, which the BCCI has vehemently opposed because it would water down the Indian board’s influence at the ICC.
While Lorgat has admitted the BCCI had concerns about him, he had said he was willing to discuss these issues and even apologise to the board, if that was necessary. However there has been no official comment by the BCCI on the issue.
This is not the first time the board has objected to the appointment of those it considers adversarial. Tim May, the former head of the player’s association, also clashed with the BCCI and lost his election to the ICC’s player committee under controversial circumstances earlier this year, with allegations that the Indian board influenced the election.
With inputs from IANS