The proposed revamps came to pass with Cricket South Africa deciding to side with the Big Three during the ICC board meeting in Singapore and Saturday. It is learnt that the South African board was convinced to go along with the changes mooted after the BCCI had assured them of a few lucrative tour arrangements, including a proposed full tour by India.
Going into the ICC Board meeting, the Big Three – BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) required one of the boards of South Africa, Sri Lanka or Pakistan to vote for the proposed changes for the motion to come through. They had seven votes in their favour and eight were needed for the resolutions to be passed.
It was eventually Cricket South Africa that came out in support of the position paper, even as the Pakistani and Sri Lankan boards abstained from voting. The CSA changed their stance at the eleventh hour, and what Pakistan and Sri Lanka did became inconsequential at that point.
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There have been hectic negotiations and backroom parleys ahead of the meeting and in the end, the BCCI’s assurance of regular bilateral series between the two countries proved the clincher. The CSA had earlier described the position paper as “fundamentally flawed”, but BCCI president N Srinivasan had a lengthy discussion with CSA chief Chris Nenzani after which things changed.
It is also learnt that South Africa is among the short-listed countries that could host the current IPL, if the general elections in India prompt the tournament to be held abroad due to security issues.
According to a source, the venues for the IPL will be decide after the election dates are announced and there’s a real possibility that a part of the tournament might be played abroad. “We are on the verge of finalising our bilateral agreement with South Africa as far as Future Tour Programmes (FTP) are concerned. There’s a possibility that very soon India will go for a full tour of South Africa,” a BCCI insider said.
India’s last tour of South Africa was cut short to just two Tests, three ODIs over the Haroon Lorgat row. The shortened tour saw the South African board lose close to $20 million in revenue.
SL pay for stance
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were in the running to host a few IPL 7 games if it was shifted outside India. With SLC taking a stance to oppose The Big Three, sources say they are out of the reckoning now.