The meeting between BCCI president N Srinivasan and his Cricket South Africa (CSA) counterpart Chris Nenzani didn't yield any conclusive result on the itinerary of India's tour of South Africa but is seen by many as "first step towards right direction".
BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told PTI that it was a good meeting.
"It was a very cordial meeting and it went off well. We are very hopeful that everything will work out nicely," said Patel.
According to sources, Srinivasan and Patel had a lengthy discussion with Nenzani and CSA Independent director Norman Arendse on the schedule and duration of the tour although nothing has been finalised.
"BCCI bosses have stated their reservations on a certain issues and also requested Nenzani to deal at his own end. The meeting was held at a five-star facility in place of BCCI headquarters in order to avoid media glare. We have learnt that Nenzani has said that he will brief the CSA members on the matter and get back to BCCI in a few days time," a source in the know of things told PTI.
When contacted, General Manager (Game Development) Ratnakar Shetty merely said, "Once everything is finalised, you people will be given a press release!"
CSA had initially announced an itinerary that had three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20 Internationals which BCCI immediately shot down accusing the home board of taking decisions unilaterally.
BCCI's reservations for CSA's chief executive Haroon Lorgat is also believed to be a reason for this decision.
If the series finally happens, then there are a couple of possibilities -- two Tests and three ODIs or only three Tests with the limited overs series being scheduled at a later date.
In order to be counted for ICC ranking points and be recognised by cricket's governing body's FTP, one needs to play a minimum of two Test matches in a bilateral series.
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