It’s just not cricket

By Kirstin Buick
24 October 2013

The Indian cricket team’s summer tour to South Africa is going ahead but may not include the traditional “New Year’s test” at Newlands.

After weeks of uncertainty surrounding the tour Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) earlier this week released a joint statement and said the tour would consist of two tests and three one-day matches.

It looks as if the Indian team will be in South Africa for December only, which means there will not be Test cricket at Newlands on 2 January as is usually the case.

Proteas captain, Graeme Smith, who is in Dubai where the Proteas are playing Pakistan, says the news is a disappointment. “It’s the one match every year that all the guys look forward to. It’s the best-attended Test; it’s the highlight of the whole summer,” he says.

For a while the Indian tour to South Africa was in the balance, apparently because of the BCCI’s stormy relationship with Haroon Lorgat, the executive head of CSA. One of the conditions set by the BCCI was that Lorgat not be involved in the tour. CSA agreed.

The shortened tour means a loss of about R200 million for CSA. But if there had been no tour the loss would have been as much as R500 million.

(Sources: Sapa, iol.co.za, supersport.com)

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