Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) did not act unilaterally when it announced the schedule for an extended tour by India later this year, which is now under threat of being shortened by the BCCI, according to South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA).
“My understanding is that CSA went through the same process of agreeing to the India tour schedule as they always do with the BCCI,” SACA chief executive Tony Irish said.
“The Boards engaged over a period. There were a number of revisions to the schedule and they got it to a final version, which CSA understood it could then release.
“It was not a case of CSA acting unilaterally,” Irish was quoted as saying by a South African daily.
CSA earlier announced three Tests, seven ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals as part of the tour from November to January. But the BCCI last week announced a plan, which would effectively shorten their South African tour from 60 to 43 days, resulting in fewer matches.
BCCI has claimed that it was not consulted by the CSA about the schedule. The CSA, however, has refused to confirm or deny this matter.
At the heart of the issue is the alleged dissatisfaction among BCCI bosses about former International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat being appointed to the position of CSA chief executive despite opposition from the BCCI.
Lorgat was at loggerheads with BCCI officials during his tenure at the ICC.
“The fact that the Proteas may be deprived of playing a proper Test and an ODI series with one of the best teams in the world would be a big disappointment for the players as well,” said Irish, calling for the uncertainty to be cleared up as soon as possible.