India’s shortened tour of South Africa likely to be given green light

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India’s tour of South Africa is likely to consist of two Test matches and three ODIs

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Narayanaswami Srinivasan has announced that he and Cricket South Africa president Chris Nenzani have “in principle agreed” for India to tour South Africa for a warm-up match, two Tests and three ODIs in December.

Despite no formal statements being made by either board, it is understood that major progress has been made, especially after Cricket South Africa offered to send “[Haroon] Lorgat on long leave”.

The outcome of the meeting and tour will be known when Srinivasan and BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel present the proposed itinerary to the BCCI working committee in Chennai on October 26.

Both Srinivasan and Patel met with Nenzani during the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board meeting in London on Saturday.

If the tour is given a green light, it is likely that India and South Africa will start with the limited overs series and conclude with the Boxing Day Test.

The BCCI’s frosty relations with Cricket South Africa began when they appointed Lorgat as their new chief executive.

It became even worse when Cricket South Africa proposed that the series consist of three Test matches, seven ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals as the BCCI claimed that at no point were they informed about the details of the tour.

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