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South Africa tour to take place early next year, says Johri

Press Trust of India  |  Pallekele 

The CEO Rahul Johri today confirmed that will travel to for a full tour early next year.

With scheduled to play a return tour to in November-December, which is part of the future tour program, there were some doubts over the Indian team's visit to


"The tour is on. There is some back and forth on dates, but it will be a full tour and that has been locked in," Johri told PTI.

The 2017-18 is be a busy season for the Indian cricketers as Australia, and are set to visit the country for long series each.

will take on for the second time in 2017 when they pay a return visit for three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20I in November and December.

Earlier, were due to tour from February end to the first week of April next year, but Cricket (SLC) requested the Indian Board to prepone the series as they are suppose to host the tri-nation Independence Cup during that period.

As a result, India's tour to South Africa, which was planned around end of the year, became uncertain.

Meanwhile, Johri ruled out any move for a women's IPL at the moment but said steps had been taken for their betterment.

"That (women's IPL) is for the general body and the office bearers to decide. We will implement whatever their decision. Last year we did create a separate vertical for women's cricket and we made Prof. Shetty in-charge for women's cricket.

"It was a part of our internal re-organisation and enhanced focus on women's cricket, and the results are there for everyone to see," he said.

On how the is following COA's diktat in implementing the Lodha reforms, Johri said, "I was powerless to stop those SGMs. I do attend and will attend SGMs only if they want me to otherwise not.

"The office bearers and the board secretary run these things. My job is to facilitate what the COA asks and what the office bearers ask. At best, I am a link between the two," Johri signed off.

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