New Delhi: Known for his no-holds-barred comments, Geoffrey Boycott has pointed at Sachin Tendulkar's approaching landmark of 200 Tests behind the dispute between Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA), which is set to leave India's scheduled Test tour of South Africa considerably curtailed.
The trickle-down effect of BCCI's displeasure over the appointment of Haroon Lorgat as CSA's chief executive was felt by the tour itinerary released by CSA, which the Indian board didn't agree to. That followed BCCI's surprise invitation sent to West Indies for a two-Test tour, which meant the SA tour need to be shortened and Tendulkar to play his 200th Test at home in India.
Boycott, speaking on his regular space at Cricinfo though believes that it's BCCI's duty to honour their commitment and it's unworth of the Indian board to bring Tendulkar's reputation into disrepute in the process.
"There's nothing wrong with that when you've got someone playing 200 Tests. It is enormous and he's been a fantastic player, but here's my point about this ... Tendulkar didn't ask for this, above the game; that's not right ... When the BCCI gave their word to play three Test matches in South Africa, I don't think it's ever right to go back on your word," he said.
"Putting Sachin's reputation in this position is unworthy of the BCCI. Sachin is a good guy and great batsman, and he doesn't deserve a row between two cricketing countries to spoil his big day," the former England batsman said.
BCCI's stand on this is that CSA released the tour itinerary without their approval, but Boycott says since the BCCI committed to play three Tests, no reason can justify their stepping back from that.
"Whatever the reason [for curtailing the tour], I don't care what it is," Boycott said. "How would the Indian people react if it was done to them?," th Englishman questioned.
"I don't think it's good because India is the power in world cricket and they should use that power wisely and be seen as a country that can hold to its word ... I believe India have to fulfil their obligations. South Africa have sponsors [and] their public have a right to see India.