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Asked if it’s true that the proposed series against South Africa will not happen unless Haroon Lorgat (right) is removed as CSA CEO, N Srinivasan replied in the negative © PTI and Getty Images

New Delhi: Oct 10, 2013

The Board of Control for Cricket in India‘s (BCCI) top brass’ animosity with Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat is well known in the game’s circle, but Board president N Srinivasan said that was not the reason behind not finalising the Indian team’s proposed tour to South Africa later this year.

Srinivasan, who resumed charge as BCCI chief after a Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday, said that the Indian Board has nothing to do with who becomes the CSA chief executive.

Asked if it’s true that the proposed home series against South Africa will not happen unless Lorgat is removed as CSA CEO, Srinivasan said, “Not at all. CSA can appoint anybody.

“Who are we to say anything about it? There was an internal discussion in BCCI. We felt that we needed more in-bound tours during our main season.

“Every other country, during their main season, has got sufficient international teams touring them. We found that this year, most of the time we are out. So Indian cricket fans need to see Indian players play in front of them, which is why we invited the West Indies.

“And as far as South Africa is concerned, the president of Cricket South Africa is coming to meet us in the next couple of days. There are some challenges in the scheduling.

We are not saying that you [CSA] have to do this, that or the other. We have our own challenges. They are coming to meet us.

We will discuss with them,” he told CNN-IBN.

Srinivasan said he or the BCCI was not bullying anybody or any Board but simply safeguarding India’s interest.

“All I try to do is get a fair deal for India, for BCCI; that is all that I try to do. There is no question of bullying anybody. All our cricket nations have their own boards, they are sovereign. But, possibly more than before, I’m looking at the interest of the BCCI and trying to see how BCCI’s interests are protected. To that extent, yes.”

Asked if India would be going against the FTP if the South African tour does not happen, Srinivasan said, “We are not doing anything that is incorrect. We are not going back on anything. This FTP is something that has an element of confidentiality, but we are not going back on anything, I can assure you.

“We will discuss with South Africa when they come here.

We have some challenges. We will discuss it with them, and after that we will explain. There is no problem. There is nothing to hide in this.”