File photo of Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat. (AP Photo)
BCCI may have agreed in principle for a curtailed tour of South Africa later this year on the condition that Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat has nothing to do with it, but according to ESPNCricinfo, CSA isn't taking any chances and has even offered to "send Lorgat on long leave".
The heads of the two boards - N Srinivasan and Chris Nenzani - met in Mumbai on October 12, following which CNN-IBN reported BCCI agreeing a two-Test tour with a re-think on CSA's request for a third Test. The final stamp on that is expected this weekend when the two heads meet again in London during the ICC's executive board meeting.
Lorgat's appointment as CSA CEO has been the bone of contention behind BCCI's reservations on going ahead with the tour, and ESPNCricinfo reported that "CSA has also informed the BCCI bosses that they would be working out a plan before the end of the tour to ensure Lorgat is not involved in future dealings with the BCCI. Should CSA's proposal to keep Lorgat out of any engagement with the BCCI come through, the itinerary for the tour of South Africa is being mulled by the BCCI."
Doubts had been raised on the tour since July 9, when the BCCI first objected to the tour itinerary released by the CSA. The Indian board reckoned it's South African counterpart hadn't consulted before finalising the itinerary. But that was after BCCI expressed its displeasure over the appointment of Lorgat as CEO.