South Africa still confused on Indian tour

Published: Friday, July 9, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg:South Africa is still in the dark about the itinerary for the India tour, scheduled this November, according to an official of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA).

Brian Basson, manager of cricket affairs in the UCBSA said it has not received any communication regarding the itinerary from its Indian counterpart.

Basson, who returned after attending the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in London, said the UCBSA has no inkling about the venues for the two-Test series.

"Because of lack of official confirmation, South Africa still doesn't know when and where the two Tests against India would be played," he was quoted as saying by local media on Friday.

When South Africa last toured India in 2000 under the captaincy of the late Hansie Cronje, two Tests were played, in Mumbai and Bangalore. South Africa won both. It was the first home series defeat for India in 13 years.

Basson said during the ICC meeting he held talks with his Australian counterpart, who also indicated that they too had not received details about their tour that takes place in October.

Basson said both his Australian counterpart and he found it strange that they just received details of the scheduled warm-up matches.

He said the Australian officials, who attended the meeting, wanted the final programme in order to give their security personnel a chance to visit India before the tour.

South Africa's tour of India has already received a great deal of negative publicity in the country, especially because of reports that claimed that India is giving preferential treatment to the Australian tour.

Earlier, India and South Africa were set to play only seven One-dayers during the tour but later it was changed to two Tests following talks between Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya and UCBSA chief Ray Mali.

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