Now that the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) has so generously and magnanimously gone out of its way to agree to allow the India tour to SA to take place on condition that the Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO, Haroon Lorgat NOT be involved at any level of the organising of the tour, I am pleased to publicly share the further relatively minor other conditions attached to the agreement to allow the tour to take place.
1. The names of the SA team selected for each match will have to be sent for approval to the BCCI, at least 7 working days before each match; The BCCI has the right to veto any SA player selected and THEY have the right to chose a replacement player in place of the vetoed player;
2. Left handed SA batsman will have to bat right handed and vice versa;
3. The same rule set out in 2 above will apply to the SA bowlers;
4. In order for an Indian batsman to be out caught, the SA fielder taking the catch will have to catch the ball with one hand only;
5. Each Indian batsman will be allowed a "trial ball", i.e., he can't be out off the first ball that he receives in an innings;
6. The boundary ropes will be brought in by 10 metres for the Indian innings in each match;
7. A SA batsman who scores a 50 or a bowler who takes 5 wickets in a match is automatically disqualified for selection for the next match. If such batsman or bowler does so on two occasions, he will automatically be disqualified for the remainder of the tour and the next SA tour to India;
8. There will be no toss at the commencement each match. The India captain shall solely decide whether he wishes his team to bat or field first in every match;
9. On written application made to the BCCI, at least 10 working days before the tour commences, the BCCI in its sole discretion may agree to relax some the conditions set out in paragraphs 2,3 and 7 for any SA player that is currently contracted to play for an IPL team during the IPL season.
As a cricket lover, I personally would like to thank the BCCI from the bottom of my heart for above all, putting the game first by insisting that these minor conditions be implemented as part of their agreement to allow the tour to go ahead. These unique conditions will surely make the Indian touring team the most competitive one to have graced our shores and will most certainly contribute to make the series very competitive.
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