Bangalore, Sep 6: A clear picture over India's tour to South Africa could emerge on September 16 or 17 when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) officials meet in Dubai.
On Friday, CSA announced on its website that BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel and CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat will meet during the ICC Chief Executives' Committee meeting in Dubai on September 16 and 17.
India were set to travel to South Africa in November. However, BCCI decided to invite West Indies for two Tests and three ODIs putting the tour in jeopardy. India's tour to New Zealand in January is also advanced.
In Dubai, both cricket boards could agree upon a new tour schedule. It is still not clear as to how long the tour will be.
"The meeting has been agreed after several conversations between the two over the past few days as they work towards resolving scheduling issues around the end-of-year tour to South Africa by India," a report on CSA website said.
Lorgat said: "There has rightly been concern about reports of a shortened tour by India but I am looking forward to meeting Sanjay so that we can work out the best possible schedule under the present circumstances. As custodians we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of the game and all our stakeholders.
"It is clear to me that both our Boards are committed to working together to ensure the wonderful relationship we have had for the past 22 years is strengthened. As South Africans we will always be grateful to the Indian Government for the leading role they played in first enforcing the sports boycott during the dark years of apartheid and later, together with the BCCI, facilitating our return to the world family of cricket nations.
"While we would not want to disappoint our fans and stakeholders and keep them abreast of developments, we have to follow official communication protocols in dealing with this matter, so we ask for patience and support as we engage our counterparts at the BCCI," added Lorgat.
"We are truly heartened by the messages of support from fans and commercial partners and wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for their understanding."