India’s tour of South Africa confirmed

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Lorgat has been suspended from dealing with all matters relating to the BCCI

After months of deliberation the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa have come to an agreement for India to play two Tests and three ODIs on their tour of South Africa.

However, the dates and venues for the tour have still yet to be announced.

The agreement comes after Cricket South Africa agreed to suspend its CEO, Haroon Lorgat, from dealing with all matters concerning India.

Cricket South Africa also revealed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) will launch an inquiry against Lorgat.

Lorgat is being investigated for his role in the statement issued by former ICC legal head, David Becker, who said that he was concerned about the “recent attempt by [Narayanaswami] Srinivasan to manipulate the FTP schedule to his own benefit”.

Becker also noted that the BCCI could face legal implications for manipulating the FTP.

The issue was mentioned in the ICC Executive Board meeting in London this weekend, where the BCCI’s demand for an ethics committee inquiry against both Becker and Lorgat received a lot of support.

The BCCI, via a statement, revealed that the ICC “is now considering its legal options” in respect to Becker’s comments.

While Lorgat has been suspended from some of his duties, he will still be allowed to handle all of Cricket South Africa’s domestic affairs and deal with other ICC members.

This whole dispute has seriously degraded the BCCI and Cricket South Africa’s relationship, which has been very healthy since the end of apartheid in South Africa in the early 1990s.

The dispute began on July 8 when Cricket South Africa revealed that India’s tour of South Africa in December would consist of three Tests, seven ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.

The BCCI was infuriated with Cricket South Africa since they had not been informed about anything, including the itinerary.

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