Did BCCI snub CSA for Sachin’s final Test?

2013-11-14 00:00

CRICKET South Africa have poured water on the notion that they felt snubbed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s decision not to invite any of their board members to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th and final Test today.

Furthermore, they said that they were not concerned by the invitation received by Gerald Majola, the cricket body’s former CEO, who was given the boot after being caught with his fingers in the pie last year.

He was sacked after the Nicholson Commission of inquiry found he had breached the Companies Act by authorising R4,7 million in bonuses to be paid to CSA staff without clearance from the CSA board or remuneration committee.

CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat, whose acrimonious relationship with the BCCI goes back to the days when he was head of the International Cricket Council, and president Chris Senzani were not invited.

CSA spokesperson Altaaf Kazi told The Witness yesterday they were not involved in any way with the legend Tendulkar’s final Test, and the onus was on the BCCI to invite whomever they pleased.

“It’s up to the BCCI to invite who they want to invite. We don’t feel snubbed in any way by this,” he said.

“Sachin’s 200th Test is a BCCI matter, and CSA is not involved,” he said.

Kazi said the non-invitation would in no way affect the already strained relations between the two bodies.

On Majola’s invitation, Kazi said: “That is a private matter between him and the person who invited him. We have no idea who that is.”

The BCCI recently had its way with CSA when the itinerary for the upcoming Indian tour of South Africa was whittled down from three Tests, seven ODIs and three T20s to just two Tests and three ODIs.

The BCCI also demanded that CEO Lorgat be placed on temporary suspension during the duration of the tour, a demand that was accepted by CSA with millions at stake.

Lorgat had not replied to The Witness’ e-mail for comment by the time of going to press.

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