Rahul Johri confirms tour of South Africa

India will visit South Africa early next year, says the BCCI CEO.

Rahul Johri...“The South Africa tour is on.”   -  Vivek Bendre

India will travel to South Africa for a full tour early next year, according to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.

With Sri Lanka scheduled to tour India in November-December, which is part of the ICC future tours programme, there were some doubts over the Indian team’s visit to South Africa. “The South Africa tour is on. There is some back and forth on dates, but it will be a full tour and that has been locked in,” Johri told PTI.

The 2017-18 season will be a busy one for India as Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka are set to tour. Sri Lanka will take on India for the second time in 2017 when it pays a return visit for three Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and a one-off Twenty20 International (T20I) in November and December.

Sri Lanka was due to tour India from late February to early April, 2018, but Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) requested the Indian board to advance the series as it will host the tri-nation Independence Cup series during that period. As a result, India’s tour of South Africa, which was planned for around the end of the year, became uncertain.

‘Enhanced focus on women’s cricket’

Meanwhile, Johri ruled out any move for a women’s IPL in the short term but said steps had been taken for improving women’s cricket. “That (women’s IPL) is for the BCCI general body and the office bearers to decide. We will implement whatever their decision [may be]. Last year we did create a separate vertical for women’s cricket and we made Prof. Shetty in charge for women’s cricket. It was a part of our internal re-organisation and enhanced focus on women’s cricket, and the results are there for everyone to see,” he said.

On how the BCCI is following COA’s diktat in implementing the Lodha reforms, Johri said, “I was powerless to stop those SGMs. I do attend and will attend SGMs only if they want me to otherwise not. The office bearers and the board secretary run these things. My job is to facilitate what the COA asks and what the office bearers ask. At best, I am a link between the two,” Johri signed off.