The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is once again looking to cut short their itinerary to South Africa. As per a news in The Indian Express, the BCCI is planning to shorten the tour so as to organise a tri-series with Bangladesh and New Zealand.
India is scheduled to tour the country for four Test matches and seven ODIs and as per reports, BCCI is planning to bring down the number of games in both the formats.
In the year 2013 as well, the Indian board cut down their tour to South Africa. Despite that, South Africa travelled to India in 2015 for a complete series, which lasted for more than two months.
BCCI curtailing this tour is a bit of disappointment, as it was the South African Board who stood with the Indian Board when it was outvoted for constitutional changes in ICC. South Africa is still hoping BCCI to let the team allow the country for a complete series.
“We want to have our own season before the team departs. The CSA, unlike the previous time, shouldn’t suffer because by then their T20 league will start, and we’ll arrive just at the business end of that tournament. There are still five months left, and we can always make a change here and there, but this tour won’t be reduced. We’ve given the commitment, and that will not change. It’s just scheduling we want to work on,” an official told Express.
South Africa is all set for a major home season which will start with a complete series against Bangladesh, comprising of two Test, three ODIs and two T20Is in the month of September/October. Following that, India is expected to tour the country for four Test matches and seven ODIs – though the board is yet to announce the fixtures.
However, South Africa Cricket Board has already announced the fixtures for Australia series, which will kick off from in the month of March comprising of four Test matches.