India warns South Africa to further 'whittle' tour or risk losing slot to Pak, Sri Lanka

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 05, 2013 10:00 hrs

India has reportedly warned South Africa to further whittle down their one-glamorous India visit or else risk losing their slot to the country's sub-continent neighbours Pakistan or Sri Lanka.

According to Sport24, a reputed Indian newspaper reported that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wants the national team to play the bare minimum of matches required to fulfill commitments under the ICC's Future Tours Programme (FTP).

The report further said that if such a thing happened, then the Cricket South Africa (CSA)-announced tour, which currently has three Tests, seven one-days and two Twenty20s would be reduced to only two Tests and three ODIs.

The report mentioned that the India's action indicates their already tense relations at present with CSA, adding that the BCCI also warned that if CSA did not accept the reduced tour, then India will invite Pakistan or Sri Lanka to tour their country during December, which should be the peak period of the keenly-awaited South African tour.

The report also said that there are fears of disastrous financial ramifications for cricket in South Africa if the Indian tour is so badly cut back. (ANI)

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