The powerful Indian cricket board has again had its way.
It has arm-twisted its South African counterpart to keep aside CEO Haroon Lorgat and in turn, agreed to a truncated tour of the African nation in December.
While the uncertainty lifted, fearful of the financial consequences if India did not tour, Cricket South Africa (CSA) agreed to keep Lorgat -- a hate figure for BCCI since his days as International Cricket Council (ICC) CEO -– away from its affairs, and effectively confining him to domestic cricket.
Lorgat’s humiliation was complete after he was also barred from representing Cricket South Africa at the ICC’s committee until an inquiry is completed into whether he had a hand in comments made by a former legal adviser to CSA, David Becker, who slammed BCCI president N Srinivasan, adding fuel to the stand-off.
India, who were expected to play three Tests and seven one-day internationals until the CSA overruled the Indian board’s objections and appointed Lorgat to its top job, will now play only two Tests and three ODIs.