Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > Features >

BCCI’s possible move to shorten the South African tour and its implications

BCCI’s possible move to shorten the South African tour and its implications

Sachin Tendulkar in action during India’s last tour of South Africa in 2010-11. If the upcoming tour is cut short and the West Indies series is organised, the Little Master will have an opportunity to play his 200th Test in front of the home crowd © Getty Images

Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to schedule a home series against the West Indies in November and possibly shorten India’s South African visit has certain implications. Nishad Pai Vaidya explains.
 
Why is the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) trying to shorten the itinerary of the tour to South Africa? The proposed schedule by Cricket South Africa (CSA) contains three Tests, seven One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two T20s. However, India may only end up playing two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s as they have tried to enlist a short series against the West Indies at home in November and then move to New Zealand in January 2014 — leaving a very short window for the African safari. What is the real reason behind this?
 


Most people are speculating that the BCCI’s decision has a lot to do with Haroon Lorgat’s appointment as the chief executive of the CSA. Lorgat and the BCCI have had an acrimonious relationship, so much so that the Indian board were protesting his appointment at CSA. Of course, the BCCI have no right to interfere in the internal matters of any other board, but after all money talks. There were rumours that they wanted to reduce the tour as a protest.
 
If indeed the BCCI have taken this move in view of Lorgat’s appointment, they are treading a very dangerous path — where they would continue to lose friends in the cricket world. In the recent past, the BCCI has put its foot down on many matters and have rubbed a few boards the wrong way. They did have a few allies, but if they continue to boss over, they do risk losing them as well.
 
However, the BCCI have possibly tried to schedule this short home series against the West Indies for revenues. The lack of home series means that they aren’t making enough money through international cricket. Australia would arrive in India for a limited-overs series after the Champions League T20 2013. After that, it was supposed to be a long road for India away from home. As things stand, India are to visit New Zealand in January 2014 and then England in July. According to the Future Tours Programme (FTP), India’s next home series is scheduled for October 2014 — which is also a West Indian visit.
 
Any board has a right to consolidate its financial position. However, it may be hard to believe the BCCI’s financial argument as India are hosting the CLT20 2013 and an IPL would also be played next year. Then, there is the Sachin Tendulkar angle. Playing the historic 200th Test in front of home fans — possibly at the Wankhede Stadium — would be a momentous occasion for all. Many felt the series against Australia early this year was his last at home, but there is a possibility he might play one final time. The board also gets to cash in on the occasion as there would be a celebratory buzz around Tendulkar’s milestone.
 
However, South Africa also gets robbed off a proper Indian visit —that can potentially earn them quite a lot. This tour was eagerly anticipated as India’s young brigade were gearing up for its first big test away from home. As Sourav Ganguly pointed out, this was also an opportunity for the youngsters to perform. It would have been a tough battle, but something that would strengthen them and make them better players for the future. Not sure if that is possible with a two-match Test series.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 17, 2014  at Sharjah

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 8 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 16, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 41 runs

Photos

Delhi vs Bangalore match 2, IPL 2014 at Sharjah

Videos

Video Highlights: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders wickets

Royal Challengers Bangalore coast to 7-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in IPL 2014

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD) Live Cricket Score IPL 2014: Karthik launches counterattack

BCCI members to attend crucial meeting

Peter Moores set to become England coach

IPL 2014: Anjinkya Rahane says he was confident of overhauling Sunrisers Hyderabad’s target

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils England India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders Lasith Malinga MS Dhoni Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma Royal Challengers Bangalore Virat Kohli

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD) IPL 2014: Delhi still in with a chance; score 123/4 after 15 overs

Kevin Pietersen has no way back into England setup, says Paul Downton

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD) IPL 2014: Delhi in need of partnership; score 84/3 after 10 overs

Pakistan Cricket Board terminate Moin Khan’s two-month stay as head coach

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD) IPL 2014: Delhi lose openers after brisk start; score 39/2 in 4 overs

Doug Insole: More than just an administrator

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: His words found their way even into the cricket world

Brendon Kuruppu scores the slowest double-hundred of all time

IPL 2014: Rajasthan Royals’ team composition vital for success

Kings XI Punjab’s local talent gives them an added dimension in IPL 2014

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

1 Posts | 0 Fans

Glenn Maxwell's 95, Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings IPL 2014 Video Highlights

UPA follows ‘RSVP’ model of governance: Narendra Modi

Khloe Kardashian casually dating French Montana?

Live Score Update, IPL 2014, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD): Delhi 31/1 after 3 Overs

LinkedIn’s user base crosses 300 million mark

Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey power KKR to 166/5 against DD in IPL 2014 match 6

Chetan Bhagat: 2 States is quite close to me because the inspiration came from my own life!

IPL 7: Bhuvneshwar Kumar believes bowling alongside Dale Steyn will make him better

Breeze, a fitness app that encourages users to walk

Also on cricketcountry.com