While South Africa gear up for their longest ever tour to India that will stretch to two-and-a-half months, they are also banking on India’s return series that should be held in early 2018. A full series in the African country is finally on the anvil as relations between the two boards seem to be getting better.
Responding to queries from Hindustan Times, Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat said, "We have restored our hitherto excellent relations with the BCCI and have been enjoying constructive engagement for some time. In any event, we should not be in the past as the game is far greater than any of us."
The South African board also feels the renewed friendship with the BCCI will bring them major financial benefits, which is important to run the game there.
Lorgat said, "At this time, cricket will be of much greater interest to us because India will be hosting. CSA will gain financially when India tours South Africa in early 2018 for the return series."
The 2013 tour, which was curtailed by the Indian board due to differences with its counterpart, cost CSA about $20 million (Rs 128 crore), a huge sum that helps the country organise its domestic cricket.