India Tour To South Africa Confirmed
India will tour South Africa to play two Test matches and three One-Day Internationals after the respective boards came to an agreement which ends a long-running dispute.
The tour, originally scheduled to be much longer, came under threat after former International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat was appointed as Chief Executive of Cricket South Africa (CSA) in July.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had not enjoyed a good relationship with Lorgat during his time with the ICC and this tour now only goes ahead because CSA have agreed that Lorgat is withdrawn from any dealings with the ICC and BCCI.
An investigation is also due to be carried out by the ICC into Lorgat's conduct at a recent ICC Board meeting and comments made by David Becker, a former CSA legal advisor.
A statement released on behalf of both boards read as follows:
"Following meetings in London over the past couple of days, CSA and the BCCI have today announced that the South Africa cricket team will play against India in an upcoming home series comprising of two Test matches and three One Day International matches, the specific dates and details of which will be announced in due course.
"In addition, both parties have also agreed to continue with good faith discussions between their respective Presidents about the possibility of agreeing further bilateral arrangements in respect of the scheduled fixtures between the two teams, and taking into account any scheduling imbalances from previous years."
India were originally set to tour South Africa to play two Twenty20 Internationals, seven One-Day Internationals and three Tests between 18th November and 15th January 2014.
However, the BCCI invited the West Indies to tour in November, during which time Sachin Tendulkar will play his 200th and final Test before retirement, which has forced the South Africa-India series to be cut to five internationals in place of the original 12.
India's final match against the West Indies is on 27th November and they begin a tour of New Zealand in mid-January, which leaves December free for the condensed South Africa tour.
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