Cape Town: Officials from both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) will meet in Dubai during the upcoming ICC Chief Executive Committee meeting on September 16 and 17 as the uncertainty over India's tour of South Africa thickens. Sanjay Patel, the BCCI's Honorary Secretary is expected to have a dialogue with CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat after the two boards held conversations over the last few days with a focus on resolving scheduling issues around the year-end series.
"There has rightly been concern about reports of a shortened tour by India but I am looking forward to meeting Sanjay so that we can work out the best possible schedule under the present circumstances," said Lorgat on Friday. "As custodians we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the game and all our stakeholders. It is clear to me that both our Boards are committed to working together to ensure the wonderful relationship we have had for the past 22 years is strengthened."
The makeup of India's tour to South Africa has been thrown into doubt after it became clear that the BCCI, which had clashed with Lorgat on a number of issues during the latter's tenure as ICC Chief Executive, was not keen on a full tour after Lorgat took the CSA top job.
The Indian board wants the tour to be trimmed to two Tests, three ODIs and two T20s instead of three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20s.
Earlier this week, the BCCI's interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya reiterated that there was no speculation of the Indian team's tour of South Africa, but did add that it would "be nice" if Lorgat apologised to the BCCI to iron out differences between the two boards. The BCCI this week confirmed a series against the West Indies in November, when part of the South Africa tour was due to take place.
"As South Africans we will always be grateful to the Indian Government for the leading role they played in first enforcing the sports boycott during the dark years of apartheid and later, together with the BCCI, facilitating our return to the world family of cricket nations," said Lorgat. "While we would not want to disappoint our fans and stakeholders and keep them abreast of developments, we have to follow official communication protocols in dealing with this matter, so we ask for patience and support as we engage our counterparts at the BCCI.
"We are truly heartened by the messages of support from fans and commercial partners and wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for their understanding."