Calcutta: Uncertainty remains over India’s tour there but Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat was “satisfied” with his meeting with BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel in Dubai. The two held talks on Monday evening, while attending the ICC chief executives’ conference, but did not reach any understanding on the number of matches or the dates for India’s tour.
CSA said confirmation would only be reached after the BCCI’s annual general meeting on September 29.
The meeting was arranged between the two Boards following concerns raised by the BCCI around the schedule that was released by CSA.
“I am happy to say that we had a constructive meeting and I would like to thank Sanjay for his friendliness and support in trying to find a way forward,” said Lorgat in CSA release.
“After listening to Sanjay, it is clear that we will now have to wait for the BCCI’s AGM to be completed before any tour schedule can be confirmed.
“It is key for all of us to make sure that the good relationship between our respective Boards is maintained and, in fact, strengthened and that we also honour the proud history between our two countries,” added Lorgat.
“Our Board presidents are also in discussion and we will now arrange for them to meet soon after the BCCI AGM.”
The itinerary, as announced by CSA in July, had three Tests, seven ODIs and two Twenty20s but India objected to it, saying it was without their consultation.
The BCCI has since shortened the window for the tour, which was due to begin on November 18 and end on January 19 from 60 days to around 40 by a scheduling a home series against West Indies and bringing forward their tour to New Zealand.
The time left may allow for the ICC minimum requirement of two Tests and three ODIs.
The CSA said it would not make any further comments until after the BCCI AGM.
The BCCI president N. Srinivasan and Lorgat have a history of bitterness: Srinivasan requested an investigation into Lorgat by the ICC ethics committee, and they clashed over India’s request for tax documents during the 2011 World Cup.