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India s tour of South Africa later
this year is all but confirmed, with
a formal statement expected in the
next 24 hours. The month-long
tour is likely to comprise two Tests
and three ODIs.
The decision follows an assur-
ance from Cricket South Africa that
it will suspend its CEO, Haroon
Lorgat, from dealing with matters
related to India and the ICC pend-
ing an inquiry by the world body
into allegations against him.
The allegations relate to Lorgat s
role in the statement issued by
David Becker, formerly the ICC s
legal head, that the BCCI s flouting
of the FTP could have legal impli-
cations. In his statement, released
to the media last week, Becker had
said it was "improper" to allow a
member body to "blatantly disre-
gard an ICC resolution".
The issue was touched upon dur-
ing the ICC Executive Board meet-
ing in London over the weekend
and the BCCI s demand for an
ethics committee inquiry against
Becker and Lorgat gained a lot of
support. Many ICC Full Members
are believed to have expressed their
reservations over Lorgat being a
part of ICC proceedings.
Though an ICC spokesperson
couldn t be reached for a comment,
it is understood that Lorgat will be
suspended from two of the most
important responsibilities in his job
profile but would continue to take
care of all the domestic affairs at
CSA as well as dealing with other
The decision, which is expected
to be made public through a joint
statement by the two boards, will
end a story that has been playing
out for several months. It severely
tested the relations between the
BCCI and CSA, which have been
on best terms since the end of
apartheid in the early 1990s.
The origin of the issue was the
schedule for India s tour of South
Africa, which was announced by
CSA on July 8. However, it imme-
diately fell into problems because
the schedule had not been endorsed
by the BCCI. And though there was
no official statement, the sticking
point seemed to be CSA s appoint-
ment of Lorgat as its chief executive
despite a series of run-ins between
Lorgat and the BCCI during his
tenure as ICC chief.
India's SA tour gets go-ahead
batsman Younis Khan
was surprised yester-
day after selectors
dropped him for the
series against South
Khan said he s fitter
than he was at 24 and
was not happy about
being left off the team
for the 50-over format
of the game.
"It was shocking news for me," Khan said.
Khan is a veteran of 253 One-Day internationals
and has scored 7,014 runs, but was also ignored
for the last ODI series against Zimbabwe.
He retired from the shortest format of cricket
in 2009 after leading Pakistan to victory at the
World Twenty20 in England.
"These kinds of things have not happened to
me for the first time," Khan said. "I am happy
that someone has replaced me and if he performs
... I will be the first happy person."
Khan said age had never been on his mind and
said there were other former captains like Imran
Khan and present captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who
performed despite being on the wrong side of 30s.
"The day I feel I can t play I will be an honest
man to leave, but not like this to get dropped,"
Khan said. "People feel that I don t want to play
... but it s not like that, I will leave with a bang
and Inshallah (god willing) on a top level."
Khan could score only one in Pakistan s healthy
total of 442 in the first innings of the first Test
last week as Pakistan went 1-0 up with a seven-
wicket victory over South Africa.
He was together with Misbah, who hit a winning
six in a short run-chase of 40, in the second
innings after South Africa had reduced Pakistan
Khan said he was reminding his teammates how
the Proteas hammered them 3-0 in the Test series
in February and the conditions were ideal for them
to make amends for the big loss.
"Our plan is very simple, play positive cricket
and if they do mistakes we will grab those mis-
takes," Khan said.
But Khan was wary of South Africa s comeback
despite the fact that there were doubts about
whether Hashim Amla would be back in time for
tomorrow s Test after flying back home to be with
his expecting wife.
"They have capability to come hard on us," Khan
said. "I think in their culture it doesn t matter
who is playing for them, the only thing that matters
is how they play." (AP)
to get dropped
from ODI team
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