Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) could lose up to 2.5 million rand a day in revenue if the India tour is shortened, according to a media report.
A South African newspaper quoted sources as saying that CSA stands to lose about 300 million rand in total, particularly from TV broadcasting rights, if the tour is shortened.
Sources also said that CSA is not in a position to take the matter to court as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to sign the ICC Future Tours Programme. Therefore, the BCCI cannot be held accountable even if it wants to shorten proposed tours and arrange others.
CSA had announced earlier this year that India would tour the country for three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20 International matches between November 18 and January 25.
Although the BCCI is yet to confirm the itinerary, the Board officials announced on Monday that the West Indies would tour India in early November and India would go to New Zealand for two Tests and three ODIs in January-February. That would effectively cut into India’s tour of South Africa and shorten the visit.
However, some headway is expected to be made on India's tour of South Africa, later this year, during an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai. The chief executives of the Test-playing nations will meet there on September 18-19.
So, it will be an opportunity for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, Sanjay Patel, and the Cricket South Africa chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, to sit over a cup of tea and try and break the impasse.