CSA gets stumped with Indian tour

India’s shortened tour to SA will have major financial implications for CSA.

India’s shortened tour to SA will have major financial implications for CSA. Picture: Sxc.hu.

CAPE TOWN - India's shortened cricket tour to South Africa in December could have massive financial implications for Cricket South Africa (CSA).

CSA and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the tour will go ahead with only two tests and three One Day Internationals (ODIs) instead of three tests and seven ODIs, which were initially scheduled.

CSA could lose a reported R200 million in revenue due to the shortened tour.

Up to 12 days of cricket have been lost with a Test match, four ODIs and an entire T20 series being removed from the schedule.

The popular New Year's test at Newlands is among the matches likely to get the chop.

Former Proteas test spinner Pat Symcox says the loss of revenue is a big issue.

"There's a corporate environment where your biggest client is India and that's going to bring you R500 million, but they're not prepared to do business with you because you've got somebody in your company that they've been offended by."

CSA has not yet announced the revised dates for the tour.

To view CSA and BCCI's joint statement on the tour, click here.