New Delhi: Ending months of speculation, Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday gave the official green signal to India's tour of South Africa in a joint statement, agreeing to play a series of two Tests and three one-day internationals.
News was rife that the tour may have further slipped into oblivion over the appointment of Haroon Lorgat as CSA CEO and the comments made by the former legal advisor of CSA, Mr. David Becker. However, after CSA's withdrawal of Lorgat from representing it at the ICC's Chief Executive's Committee and from any involvement in CSA's relations with the BCCI, India decided to go ahead with the tour.
The joint statement by the two boards, however, said the itinerary of the revised tour will be announced at a later date. Here's the complete joint statement made by the two boards.
"Following meetings in London over the past couple of days, CSA and the BCCI have today announced that the South Africa cricket team will play against India in an upcoming home series comprising of two Test matches and three One Day International matches, the specific dates and details of which will be announced in due course," the statement read.
"In addition, both parties have also agreed to continue with good faith discussions between their respective Presidents about the possibility of agreeing further bilateral arrangements in respect of the scheduled fixtures between the two teams, and taking into account any scheduling imbalances from previous years.
"The agreement to tour was concluded by the two boards after various concerns were raised around the recent ICC Board meeting in London about the alleged conduct of CSA's Chief Executive, Mr Haroon Lorgat, and recent comments made about the ICC Board by a former legal advisor to CSA, Mr David Becker.
"The ICC and CSA have already refuted the comments made by Mr Becker, and the ICC is now considering its legal options in respect of the same. In addition, the ICC will convene an investigation by an independent third party [to be appointed by the ICC] into the content and distribution of the media comments, subsequent attempts to have them withdrawn, and, in particular, the role of Mr. Lorgat in relation to these matters.
"Pending the outcome of this investigation, CSA has ordered the withdrawal of Mr Lorgat from representing it at the ICC's Chief Executive's Committee (or from acting in any other ICC-related matters), and CSA has also withdrawn him from having involvement in any aspect of CSA's relationship with the BCCI, including but not limited to the upcoming tour.
"All parties have agreed that this investigation will be carried out in private, that no further media comment will be made until it has been concluded, and that its findings and recommendations will be binding upon CSA."