Johannesburg – Cricket SA CEO Haroon Lorgat will meet the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to resolve scheduling issues around India's end-of-year tour to South Africa, CSA said on Friday.
Lorgat and BCCI honorary secretary Sanjay Patel are set to discuss reports of a shortened tour by India at the upcoming ICC chief executives' committee in Dubai on September 16 and 17.
“There has rightly been concern about reports of a shortened tour by India,” Lorgat said in a statement.
“But I am looking forward to meeting Sanjay so that we can work out the best possible schedule under the present circumstances.”
The BCCI has arranged a tour by the West Indies that will end on November 27, and another to New Zealand, scheduled to start on January 19.
That means the Indians will not arrive in South Africa before December 1, putting both the Twenty20s and the first two of seven one-day internationals at risk.
“As custodians we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the game and all our stakeholders,” Lorgat said.
“It is clear to me that both our boards are committed to working together to ensure the wonderful relationship we have had for the past 22 years is strengthened.”
The two boards have been in discussion and Lorgat said he was eager to meet his Indian counterpart to hold further talks regarding the issue.
“While we would not want to disappoint our fans and stakeholders and keep them abreast of developments, we have to follow official communication protocols in dealing with this matter,” he said.
“So we ask for patience and support as we engage our counterparts at the BCCI.” – Sapa