• Multiple India tours on the cards for CSA

    Cricket South Africa director of cricket Graeme Smith on Wednesday announced a number of series between the Proteas and India are being signed off.

    Smith was a guest commentator during the CSA T20 Challenge in Durban and was asked some important questions about what the Future Tours Programme has in stall for the Proteas after the cancellation of Australia’s tour to South Africa.

    Smith has publicly expressed his anger and disappointment at how Cricket Australia and the ICC handled the situation.

    The former Proteas captain, however, says the relationship with the BCCI is much better and bodes well for future encounters with India.

    ‘Myself and Sourav [Ganguly, BCCI president] go a long way back and we’ve had a number of conversations. India have been very supportive of us. Hopefully, in the next cycle we will have a number of tours against India that are actually pretty close to being finalised,’ Smith explained.

    ‘Tom Harrison and the ECB have been brilliant as well. Even the handling of the England situationwas good. That has already been rescheduled. There has been a joint resolution and understanding of that. But Australia have been the one that has stood out in terms of the difficulties, and we never found the same sense of working together as we did with the others. We’ve also got to ask some hard questions of them and challenge them as well. That’s important for world cricket.’

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    CSA filed an official dispute with the ICC last week in relation to Cricket Australia pulling out of the tour at the final minute.

    Smith also said in a media conference early last week that leadership at the ICC needs to be addressed to ensure the game doesn’t fall in the hands of the ‘Big Three’ cricketing countries – India, Australia and England.

    ‘Each country is facing different challenges. It’s important that the members get together and support each other, and try and find ways to get as much done as we can.

    ‘That added to the disappointment of Australia. So far, everyone we have worked with has had that mindset and understood that, and my sense is that Australia didn’t. That’s what let us down. You work with members to try and find the safest way to get cricket played. It’s become a collaborative approach with the medical teams and operations teams and how finances will work,’ Smith added, while on air Wednesday.

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