In an unexpected turn of events BCCI has cancelled India’s tour to South Africa seeing the plight of touring teams in South Africa. Officials reason for cancelling the tour is that BCCI dont want Indian team to play the same team again and again having already played England at home, which is a South African team in disguise.
Rajiv Shukla talked to media person and said, “We are trying to arrange a tour to Sri Lanka instead, as we havent played them since long time.”
Although the rumour is that the real reason behind cancelling of the tour is the recent plight of touring teams in South Africa, who have dismissed Aus on 47 , NZ on 45 and our neighbours on 49.
One BCCI official on condition that his name not be revealed said, “Yes the South African tour has been cancelled seeing the way Proteas have mauled their opponent and remember the team does not have likes of Dravids and Laxman in this team, let me also remind you that the lowest score by India in tests is 42. We can Imagine that if the tour to South Africa would have gone ahead this record would have been seriously challenged.”
The other reason which forced BCCI to cancel the tour was that many players didn’t wanted to go to this tour and had decided to skip the tour by ‘faking’ an injury as the tour may very well have turned out to be career ending. The only players keen to make the tour was Ravindra Jadeja who wanted to outperform Kallis in his own backyard and prove that he is the best allrounder.
Sources have revealed that Dhoni went to the extent of retiring just before the tour and had even decided to become full time employee of India Cements company owned by BCCI cum Chennai Superkings boss N Srinivasan. So India cricket team could have been in situation like Indian Davis Cup team if the tour would have gone ahead. Former Indian and present African coach Kirsten was impressed by the decision of BCCI and said- ” This is one sensible decision that they have taken in a long time, so long that I don’t remember it.”
Also to compencate for the losses incurred on SA board due to cancellation of tour BCCI have decided to shift the next IPL season to South Africa. Rajiv Shukla in his statement said- ” We will play the next season of IPL in South Africa to cover the losses faced by SA board due to cancellation and we will look to play against them in the IPL and Champions League.”