BCCI and CSA to meet on October 12 to work out schedule for India-South Africa series

BCCI chief N Srinivasan (above) will meet his CSA counterpart Chris Nenzani in Mumbai to discuss schedule for India’s tour of South Africa © PTI

Mumbai: Oct 11, 2013

Seeking to end the deadlock over the much-anticipated India‘s tour of South Africa, Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan will meet his Cricket South Africa (CSA) counterpart Chris Nenzani in Mumbai on Saturday for discussions on the bilateral series.

Nenzani would be giving CSA’s Annual General Meeting a miss to hold talks with Srinivasan and work out a possible schedule for the series.

The BCCI did not invite CSA’s newly-appointed CEO Haroon Lorgat for the discussion due to its differences with the former ICC CEO.

The India-South Africa series has generated much controversy after CSA released its schedule without consulting the BCCI. Matters came to a head when CSA appointed Haroon Lorgat as its CEO despite the BCCI’s reported objections.

According to the original schedule released by the CSA, India were supposed to begin their tour of South Africa with a warm-up game on November 18 and end it with a Test on January 15. The series originally comprised three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20 Internationals. India, on the other hand, wanted a shorter itinerary.

Now, India’s home series against the West Indies ends on November 27 while their tour of New Zealand begins from January 19.

Effectively this has compressed the tour of South Africa to a point where it will be impossible to go with the original schedule.