India in South Africa 2013-14 December 8, 2013

CSA look to advance India's tour match

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has conveyed to the Indian team that it wishes to advance the two-day tour game in Benoni to Friday and Saturday, so that it doesn't clash with former president Nelson Mandela's funeral on Sunday. Saturday was originally supposed to be the first day of the match. The home board now awaits a no-objection nod from India before finalising the rescheduling. If India agree, they will now get a one-day break between the final ODI and the tour game.

CSA is also most likely to move the fourth day of the Dolphins-Titans game in Durban to Monday. That match is scheduled to be played from December 12 to December 15, but the fourth day, if needed, will be played on the 16th.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • TheCricketeer on December 9, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Certainly dedicating this tour to Madiba as the CSA have done is frivelous (and in my opinion reeks of exploitation). The history behind this tour and the behaviour of both boards in getting it shceduled makes it in no way worthy as an event to pay homeage to the greatest man the country has ever seen. Quite the opposite in fact. He stood for compromise and reconciliation - two things we saw nothing of from the BCCI and CSA in the last 3 months. Get on with the cricket. but please - leave Madiba out of it.

  • ravindran2369 on December 9, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    water the pitch in India, cover it, practice on it during winter season from 7 am to 10 am. I am sure, if they can play well on those type of pitches, they can play anywhere in the world. Remember, Indian top order getting out cheaply to Junaid khan during those sort of pitches in Indian conditions.. Will BCCI arrange these type of winter covered pitches in India for practice?

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    India should have agreed to this.

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    @chokkashokka....indian team is finally here after so many re scheduling...how can s.a let it go now ,specially after what they have been doing to team india :)

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    @chokkashokka - because it is not what he would have wanted. He always saw sport as a way of bringing people together. Besides - mourning him is secondary. In South Africa we are primarily celebrating his life.

  • chokkashokka on December 9, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    why don't they just can the whole tour? Nelson Mandela was the father of this nation and playing sport while the world mourns this great man seems a bit frivolous.

  • TheCricketeer on December 9, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Certainly dedicating this tour to Madiba as the CSA have done is frivelous (and in my opinion reeks of exploitation). The history behind this tour and the behaviour of both boards in getting it shceduled makes it in no way worthy as an event to pay homeage to the greatest man the country has ever seen. Quite the opposite in fact. He stood for compromise and reconciliation - two things we saw nothing of from the BCCI and CSA in the last 3 months. Get on with the cricket. but please - leave Madiba out of it.

  • ravindran2369 on December 9, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    water the pitch in India, cover it, practice on it during winter season from 7 am to 10 am. I am sure, if they can play well on those type of pitches, they can play anywhere in the world. Remember, Indian top order getting out cheaply to Junaid khan during those sort of pitches in Indian conditions.. Will BCCI arrange these type of winter covered pitches in India for practice?

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    India should have agreed to this.

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    @chokkashokka....indian team is finally here after so many re scheduling...how can s.a let it go now ,specially after what they have been doing to team india :)

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    @chokkashokka - because it is not what he would have wanted. He always saw sport as a way of bringing people together. Besides - mourning him is secondary. In South Africa we are primarily celebrating his life.

  • chokkashokka on December 9, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    why don't they just can the whole tour? Nelson Mandela was the father of this nation and playing sport while the world mourns this great man seems a bit frivolous.

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  • chokkashokka on December 9, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    why don't they just can the whole tour? Nelson Mandela was the father of this nation and playing sport while the world mourns this great man seems a bit frivolous.

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    @chokkashokka - because it is not what he would have wanted. He always saw sport as a way of bringing people together. Besides - mourning him is secondary. In South Africa we are primarily celebrating his life.

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    @chokkashokka....indian team is finally here after so many re scheduling...how can s.a let it go now ,specially after what they have been doing to team india :)

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    India should have agreed to this.

  • ravindran2369 on December 9, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    water the pitch in India, cover it, practice on it during winter season from 7 am to 10 am. I am sure, if they can play well on those type of pitches, they can play anywhere in the world. Remember, Indian top order getting out cheaply to Junaid khan during those sort of pitches in Indian conditions.. Will BCCI arrange these type of winter covered pitches in India for practice?

  • TheCricketeer on December 9, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Certainly dedicating this tour to Madiba as the CSA have done is frivelous (and in my opinion reeks of exploitation). The history behind this tour and the behaviour of both boards in getting it shceduled makes it in no way worthy as an event to pay homeage to the greatest man the country has ever seen. Quite the opposite in fact. He stood for compromise and reconciliation - two things we saw nothing of from the BCCI and CSA in the last 3 months. Get on with the cricket. but please - leave Madiba out of it.