CSA: CT Test cancellation a business decision
CSA President Chris Nenzani says the decision comes after India lost Sahara as a sponsor.
JOHANNESBURG - Cricket South Africa (CSA) President Chris Nenzani on Tuesday told Eyewitness News the Cape Town Test was scrapped for business reasons.
One of India's major sponsors, Sahara, announced it will be ending its agreement with the team at the end of December.
CSA announced the tour itinerary today.
The Wanderers in Johannesburg will host a Test match and a One Day International, as will Kingsmead in Durban.
SuperSport Park in Centurion will host the other one-day international (ODI).
Nenzani says Cape Town was put down for the New Year's Test, which unfortunately could not fit into the itinerary because of India's technical challenges with sponsors.
"On 31st December their [India's] sponsorship expires. They'll be in between sponsors until they go on tour to New Zealand."
Upset fans believed the City of Cape Town lost out on the Test because of a personal matter between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat.
Lorgat, the former ICC chief, was withdrawn from having any involvement with the BCCI for the upcoming tour to South Africa.
Nenzani says India is expected to unveil a new sponsor in 2014.
"They will be launching a new sponsorship. I don't think it has to do with them not wanting to play in Cape Town, but it has to do with the fact that there are only two tests to fit into the programme."