The BCCI top brass’s animosity towards Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat is well known in the game’s circles, but Board president N. Srinivasan on Thursday said that was not the reason behind not finalising the Indian team’s proposed tour of South Africa later this year.

Srinivasan said BCCI had nothing to do with who becomes the CSA chief executive.

Asked whether it was true that the proposed series would be scrapped unless Lorgat was removed as CSA CEO, Srinivasan said, “Not at all. CSA can appoint anybody.

“The BCCI felt that we needed more in-bound tours during our main season.”

“The president of Cricket South Africa is coming to meet us in the next couple of days. There are some challenges in the scheduling.

“We will discuss with them,” he told CNN-IBN.

Srinivasan said neither he nor the BCCI was bullying anybody or any Board but simply safeguarding India’s interests.

“All I try to do is get a fair deal for India, for the BCCI. There is no question of bullying anybody. All our cricket nations have their own boards, they are sovereign.

“But, possibly more than before, I’m looking at the interests of the BCCI. To that extent, yes.” — PTI

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