Haroon Lorgat to meet BCCI secretary in hopes of salvaging tour

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“We ask for patience and support as we engage our counterparts at the BCCI”

Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat is set to meet the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel in hopes of salvaging their tour.

Lorgat stated that he was also hoping to “work out the best possible schedule” after India committed themselves to a series against the West Indies at the end of next month and a tour of New Zealand in January.

“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,” Lorgat said via a Cricket South Africa release. “As custodians we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the game and all our stakeholders.”

Speaking on behalf of the BCCI, interim president Jagmohan Dalmiya told PTI: “We are likely to announce the fixtures after our AGM. The tour was never off and there was no issue or deadlock [with CSA]. We will just need to work out the modalities and I’m confident it would be done in due course.”

The BCCI were quick to reject the itinerary proposed by Cricket South Africa in July, which included three Test matches, seven ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.

It is understood that the BCCI refused to accept the itinerary due to the fact that they have had issues with Lorgat ever since he was the chief executive of International Cricket Council (ICC).

However, Lorgat noted that both boards were working on “strengthening” their ties, especially since they have enjoyed a healthy relationship over the past two decades.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Lorgat also pleaded with the cricketing community to show “patience” as both boards try to work out a suitable timetable.

“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,” Lorgat said. “So we ask for patience and support as we engage our counterparts at the BCCI.”

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