SA players frustrated by India tour drama

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South Africa players are eagerly awaiting a resolution to the India tour confusion, not that the BCCI have elected N Srinivasan as their president, with the Players' Association saying the cricketers are frustrated by the situation.

South Africa players are eagerly awaiting a resolution to the India tour confusion, not that the BCCI have elected N Srinivasan as their president, with the Players' Association saying the cricketers are frustrated by the situation.

The Proteas will tour the UAE to face Pakistan in October,. and after that they are scheduled to play India in three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20s. But the BCCI have rejected this schedule, saying they were not consulted.

Now Cricket South Africa have to meet up with the BCCI to hash out a compromise, meaning the tour could likely be cut to two Tests and three ODIs only. South African Cricketer's Association (SACA) chief executive Tony Irish urged a quick resolution.

Irish told <i>Cricinfo</i> on Monday: "This is the main tour of the summer and has a massive financial implication on cricket. We are about six weeks away from it and to have it all up in the air is really worrying and frustrating.

"The players want to see it sorted out. Until yesterday, CSA did not know who they were dealing with at the BCCI because they had not had their election but now that that is sorted it, they need to do whatever it takes to get the discussion going.

"The players are stakeholders in the game and will be affected by whatever happens. It's not just a financial thing, it's also about the opportunity to play in a high-profile Test series and substantial limited-overs competitions.

"This is the best Test team we have ever had and it's a very settled unit. They need to be playing in order to keep that momentum."

Meanwhile, the ICC have said they cannot intervene in the matter, with boss Dave Richardson, a former South Africa player, saying it was up to the member boards to sort their schedules out.

Richardson told the <i>Sunday Times</i>: "The ICC does not like the fact that two of its strongest members are in dispute. Historically, South Africa and India have been the strongest of allies. The game needs both.

"Constitutionally we are a members' organisation. The ICC only has as much authority over the members as the members are prepared to give it. The ICC currently does not have the authority to determine the FTP. The FTP schedule was determined by agreement between the full members."

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