Calcutta: India are almost certain to play two Tests and three ODIs in their proposed tour of South Africa.
A clear picture is likely to emerge by this weekend, when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Narayanswamy Srinivasan is set to meet his Cricket South Africa (CSA) counterpart Chris Nenzani during the ICC executive board meeting, to be held in London, from Thursday to Saturday.
The tour is likely to begin days after the home series against the West Indies and will end latest by the first week of January next year.
At a meeting, the Board has conveyed its strong reservations against CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat formally. BCCI treasurer Sanjay Patel was also present at the meeting.
It’s possible that CSA will give an undertaking that Lorgat would be kept out of the dealing with India.
The BCCI also wants the financial arrangements with regards to the tour to be reworked.
With South Africa getting to host the most popular team in the cricketing world, that too during the peak season (December-January), it’s obvious that the Indian Board wants the best financial deal.
The tour has been embroiled in a controversy after CSA released the schedule without consulting the BCCI.
According to the original schedule released by the CSA, the tour was to have three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20 Internationals.
India were to begin the tour with a warm-up game on November 18 and end it with a Test on January 15.