Cricket South Africa is paying the price for rubbing India the wrong way. India has resented the appointment of former ICC president Haroon Lorgat as the chief of CSA last month. On Monday, the BCCI made its displeasure clear by changing the dates for a series against New Zealand so it would eat into the schedule for India’s tour of South Africa.
The South Africa tour — three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20s — is scheduled for November-January. But the BCCI declared on Monday that India’s tour of New Zealand will start in January instead of February, while it announced on Sunday that West Indies’ tour of India will begin in November.
This puts CSA in a tough spot, forcing it to either curtail the India series or cancel it altogether. Either way, it stands to lose out on potentially the biggest revenue it could have earned from any bilateral series. The last time India played in South Africa in a similar schedule (2010-11), CSA had earned approximately $7.2 million.
The Lorgat-BCCI rivalry goes back a long way.
In March 2011, the BCCI had written to Lorgat — then the ICC chief — and strongly objected to the international cricket body’s general manager David Richardson’s criticism of MS Dhoni over his opposition to the umpire review system, known as DRS. Lorgat had strongly supported the review system, much to the Indian board’s chagrin.
The BCCI and Lorgat also had differences over the implementation of World Anti-Doping Agency norms, the introduction of Test championships, and the number of teams for the 2011 World Cup.
However, the Woolf report was the most contentious of all with BCCI rejecting the key recommendations of the report concerning the restructuring of the ICC.
During the 2011 World Cup, the Lorgat-led ICC left the BCCI fuming by shifting a prime India-England ODI out of Kolkata to Bangalore, citing lack of preparations.
Eden Gardens was left with three matches involving minnows. Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was the Cricket Association of Bengal chief, saw it as a personal slight.
Dalmiya, who still heads CAB, is also the interim BCCI chief. In March, CSA’s independent director Norman Arendse revealed that the BCCI had threatened to pull out of the tour if Lorgat got the CEO’s post.