Jagmohan Dalmiya, the interim head of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), announced that the schedule of the Indian cricket team’s South Africa tour will be changed.
Giving reasons for the changes, he said that the current schedule does not provide adequate gaps between certain matches and therefore require to be changed. Besides giving longer gaps, some other things about the current schedule also need to be changed, he said.
Further, he said that the cricket boards of India and South Africa will work out a new schedule and urged the media not to blow the issue out of proportion. Stating that there have been certain misunderstandings, Dalmilya said that issues will be sorted out amicably with the South African cricket board and that he does not want “make an issue about it.”
Reportedly, the BCCI had objected to the schedule on grounds that Cricket South Africa (CSA) had prepared it without first consulting it. A CSA release states that the current schedule includes two T20 international matches, seven one-day international matches, and three test matches. According to the current schedule, the tour will conclude on Jan 19.
Regarding the recent altercation between Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja during the India vs. West Indies tri-series match, Dalmiya said that both players have apologized and have been asked to behave in a proper manner on the field. It may be recalled Jadeja had said a few harsh words to Raina because of the latter’s involvement in a couple of dropped catches, and Raina had retorted angrily.