India sends trimmed itinerary to SA board
The mighty BCCI has returned to its bullying tactics once again. According to sources, the BCCI has recently sent a revised schedule to Cricket South Africa for the tour of South Africa, scheduled to commence in November, after trimming the Test series by one match.
"The revised itinerary consists of two Tests, two T20Is and five ODIs. It also demands three practice games," said BCCI sources. Originally, the tour schedule comprised two T20Is followed by seven ODIs and three Tests. That itinerary also has just one warm up game.
However, soon after the CSA announced the schedule earlier this month, the BCCI showed its displeasure and communicated the same to its counterpart.
The BCCI was concerned over the eight-day gap between the last two Test matches and felt there were too many ODIs.
The Indian board also wanted to have more warm-up matches for its new-look outfit that consists of many inexperienced faces and would need time to get acclimatised to the conditions there. The appointment of Haroon Lorgat as CSA chief executive apparently added fuel to fire with the Indian board sending a message demanding that the tour be trimmed.
"The BCCI has not only sent the revised schedule but also told the CSA that it will not entertain more matches than specified in the fresh itinerary," added sources. Lorgat, the previous ICC CEO, said after his appointment to his new job that he is ready to go the extra mile to improve relations with India.