BCCI never agreed on specific number of matches for India's tour of South Africa: Jagmohan Dalmiya

Jagmohan Dalmiya said the decision on South Africa tour itinerary will be taken during BCCI’s AGM on September 29 © Getty Images

Kolkata: Sep 7, 2013

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Friday refused to agree that the board wanted a truncated tour to South Africa, and said the itineraries are decided on the basis of mutual agreement.

“It was never finalised that we will play a specific number of matches in South Africa. They sent us an itinerary, and we have a revised one. In any case, the number of matches on a tour is decided on mutual agreement,” said Dalmiya.

The Indian cricket board will take a decision on the final itinerary for the South Africa tour after its annual general meeting, scheduled to be held in Chennai on September 29, Dalmiya said.

“What we will decide we will decide only after the AGM. We are very busy with our AGM at the moment,” he said.

The series seems to be hanging fire, arguably due to strained relations between the two boards. However, Dalmiya reiterated the tour was on.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) had earlier announced a tour from Nov 17 involving three Tests, seven ODIs and two  Twenty20 Internationals. But the BCCI is yet to give its nod, amid speculation that it favoured a shortened trip.

The BCCI has now decided to host West Indies for a small tour comprising two Tests and three One-Day Internationals (ODI), besides three warm-up games, between Oct 31 and Nov 27.

Again, India will tour New Zealand in mid-January for five ODIs and two Tests, with the first one-dayer to be played Jan 19 and the second Test ending Feb 18.

Meanwhile, there were reports from Dubai that the uncertainty over the tour could be sorted out in Dubai when BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel meets CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executives’ meeting slated for Sep 16-17.

The meeting has been agreed upon after several conversations between the two over the past few days as they work towards resolving scheduling issues around the end-of-year tour to South Africa by India.