BCCI blame CSA for ruining full tour

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have laid the blame for the uncertainty surrounding their tour to South Africa squarely on the shoulders of their counterparts, saying Cricket SA should never have announced a schedule.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have laid the blame for the uncertainty surrounding their tour to South Africa squarely on the shoulders of their counterparts, saying Cricket SA should never have announced a schedule.

A fixture list featuring three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20s was announced by Cricket South Africa months ago, and the BCCI immediately took umbrage, saying they had not been consulted and had not confirmed those dates.

Since then, India have scheduled a series against the West Indies during that time, so it seems likely that the trip to South Africa will see only two Tests and three ODIs played, which is the minimum required by the ICC.

BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said: "Things are going (on) since long. Certain things have to be put in right perspective. Let me inform you that BCCI in normal circumstances would have done anything (for the tour to happen).

"But the protocol of finalising any series is a joint declaration. But that declaration was originally done without the BCCI's approval. So we are waiting."

With the BCCI announcing a series against the Windies during the time when the SA tour should be taking place, Patel said India had no shortage of teams wanting to face them so the loss of fixtures was on no consequence.

Patel added: "There are a number of people available. A number of countries are ready to play with India. There is no problem at all."

Relations between the two boards soured even further when CSA appointed Haroon Lorgat as their CEO, with the BCCI saying they would not accept the former ICC boss as the person to deal with, after a breakdown in relations between them.

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