been thought of earlier; because everyone is committed to the Future Tours Programme and other countries are entitled to make their plans, have their marketing tie-ups and protect their profit and loss statements too. So if India needed to play a series at home it shouldn't have come at the cost of another. Also Read: Now playing Lorgat vs Srini, India vs SA can wait
It seems fairly clear though that there is a third reason why South Africa will only face India for a very short tour. Two countries that were fairly close allies, South Africa helped India carry the IPL there within three weeks in 2009, have no drifted so far apart that I suspect no one is picking up the phone and speaking to each other.
Clearly the BCCI is not in love with Haroon Lorgat who now heads Cricket South Africa, and whispers of unfair and unreasonable actions during the World Cup of 2011 (when he was head of the ICC) have been around for a while now. And so there is a suggestion that this is indeed a personal tit-for-tat. Also Read: Numbers man Haroon Lorgat needs to crack cricket world’s power equation
I don't know how true that is but the fact remains that it is coming in the way of a marquee series. Test cricket is in peril, there are more romantics than realists in its corner and more words than cheques come its way. For Test cricket to survive and, hopefully to flourish, it needs as many contests among the best teams as possible and India vs South Africa is World No 1 vs World No 3.
The last time these two teams played in South Africa they produced some brilliant cricket and Tendulkar vs Steyn at Capetown will always be among the game's more lasting memories. It isn't just contests like these but the build-up too that draws people in. A two Test series is like settling down after the starters and being presented the cheque!
It is imperative then that personal differences do not come