Ali Bacher, managing director of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA), signed the agreement with J Y Lele, Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the Indian 'A' team to tour South Africa in February next year. South Africa's 'A' team will visit India in September 2001.
"Your players will get valuable experience in playing on fast pitches and our players will similarly profit by playing spin bowling on turning wickets," Bacher was quoted by The Statesman newspaper as saying after the deal was signed.
Bacher also said that the tour would give Indian players advance intimation of what to expect in the 2003 World Cup to be hosted by South Africa.
India also intends to send the director of a proposed cricket academy in Bangalore to South Africa to look at modern coaching techniques there. The South African national team is currently playing a two-Test series and five one-dayers in India.
India Abroad News Service