Kaymo’s Korner: SA fans the biggest losers in ‘tour war’ with India

2013-10-28 10:00

While Cricket SA (CSA) chief executive Haroon Lorgat may be seen as the biggest casualty in the “tour war” with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the backwaters of South African cricket will be the hardest hit.

This is not the East Londoner in me talking, but the cricket lover who wants to see the game taken to all parts of our lovely country.

Eastern Cape has been starved of cricket recently.

But while CSA had its eye on the pot of gold at the end of the Indian tour rainbow, areas like Eastern Cape will be the biggest losers.

The CSA was planning to fatten its purse with the seven-match ODI series, which has now been cut down to three.

It’s obvious that the games will go to the grounds with the biggest capacities and I don’t think I need to name them.

If there’s one thing I do like about India, it’s that they traverse their diverse country when it comes to ODIs with far-flung destinations like Ranchi getting high-profile matches.

Sometimes, a seven-match ODI series can be a drag and open itself up to all kinds of betting skulduggery. But in the bigger picture, it is a gospel spread for the game.

At the end of the day, CSA had to spike something to allow the tour to go ahead.

Its decision to sacrifice Lorgat will always reek of spinelessness, but as time goes by, the real effects of the reduced revenue will be felt.

I don’t think anyone wants to be in Lorgat’s shoes. After all, life is not about punishing the good guy, but what was CSA supposed to do?

It picked the right candidate for the contentious CEO position and now it’s being made to pay for it.

The best option for Lorgat is to be the bigger man and walk away from CSA with his dignity intact.

It is the ultimate humiliation for a man to walk away from a battle without his dignity.

I hope this does not set a bad precedent for ill-treatment by other boards.

Cowardice often does have bad repercussions.

In the short term, it will be the smaller boards that will reap the whirlwind.

The five international matches will be split among Joburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Chances are that Cape Town will miss out on the New Year’s test, but it will be unfair on the rest of the country if they get two test matches while Joburg gets none.

It is worth remembering that Newlands is still on the roster as the host of the third test against Australia in March next year.

Johannesburg will go without an Australian test for the first time since readmission.

However, India are the cream of cricket teams and everyone wants to have a piece of them.

Either way, it will be a loss for South African cricket and for grounds like the Outsurance Oval, Buffalo Park and Boland Park, which haven’t hosted an Indian ODI in years.

Cricket has been the loser for all concerned, but it is the smaller areas, which have produced the bulk of the cricketers, that will feel the biggest pinch, both visually and financially.

Either way, CSA has been compromised and other countries will have to sit up and take notice of what has happened.

» khanyiso.tshwaku@citypress.co.za

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