India have made no commitment on South Africa tour: BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal

WION Web Team New Delhi, India May 22, 2020, 05.50 PM(IST)

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not made “any commitment” to tour South Africa for a three-match T20I series in August end, Board treasurer Arun Dhumal on Friday stated while denying Cricket South Africa’s claims of confirmation from the Indian board.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not made “any commitment” to tour South Africa for a three-match T20I series in August end, Board treasurer Arun Dhumal on Friday stated while denying Cricket South Africa’s claims of confirmation from the Indian board. Dhumal further said that there have only been discussions about a T20I series but with no commitment. 

CSA’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith and Chief Executive Jacques Faul on Thursday said that the BCCI has agreed to tour South Africa for three T20Is in August end but the BCCI treasurer disagreed. 

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"When South Africa's tour of India got cancelled due to coronavirus, we had discussions that if there is a possibility, we will make an effort to tour South Africa. But at no point have we made any commitment to Cricket South Africa about touring in August," Dhumal told PTI.

The senior BCCI official further said that BCCI won’t make any commitment to any country unless the government gives them nod for international travel.

"Right now, we can't even commit that we can tour Sri Lanka in July followed by (short T20 series) in Zimbabwe. Both these tours are part of the FTP programme and we are still not sure what the situation will be in two months, so how can we commit on South Africa tour?" Dhumal asked.

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On Smith’s support to Ganguly for becoming the ICC chairman, Dhumal said it would be better for global cricket if an Indian is in charge. 

"There has been no formal discussion in BCCI about ICC chairmanship. Graeme Smith obviously spoke in his personal capacity which is not CSA''s stand," he said.

"As far as the BCCI is concerned we would certainly like an Indian to lead the global body and our president has credentials obviously. But again we haven't yet discussed it," Dhumal said.

"We will definitely play SA series but there should be riders. Is CSA with India on ICC policy matters? With Chris (Nenzani), you would want a full commitment on paper and then proceed.

"It's CSA which is desperate for a three-match T20. So they have to decide how they want to play it at the ICC," the veteran official said.