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India unhappy with South Africa tour schedule

Kolkata, July 11 (): The schedule of India’s tour to South Africa which begins in November is being reworked, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya said in Kolkata on Tuesday.

In this tour, India have been scheduled to play two Twenty20 Internationals, seven ODIs and three Tests. Reports say BCCI has objected to the India’s tour to South Africa schedule, saying it was prepared by Cricket South Africa without the consent of BCCI.

Dalmiya said the gaps between some matches in the tour were not sufficient and hence it would be revised. He added that the cricket boards of the two countries would sort out the schedule of the tour and the media should not make an issue out of it.

India’s concerns could be that the team will have to travel to New Zealand immediately after the South Africa series and the Test players may not have too much time for adjustments. Reports say BCCI wants to lessen the number of ODI games so that the tour ends a week early and it would be easy for India to travel to New Zealand after completing their tour of South Africa that ends in January.

As per the schedule released by CSA, India will begin their tour on November 18 with a T20 tour match against a South African Invitation XI to gear up for the two-match Twenty20 international series scheduled for November 21 and 24.

The teams would play in best-of-seven ODI games, to be held between November 27 and December 15, then three-Test series from December 26 this year to January 19, 2014. Prior to the Tests series, India will play two two-day warm-up games.

Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar has so far played 198 Test matches. He would be playing his 200th Test match in front of a packed New Year’s crowd in Cape Town.

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