South Africa news October 31, 2012

CSA agree to postpone Sri Lanka Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cricket South Africa have agreed to a request from the Sri Lanka board and postponed their Test series scheduled for next year until the middle of 2015. Jacques Faul, CSA's acting chief executive, said the change would give South Africa's players an opportunity for rest after the Champions Trophy, which takes place in England next June.

Sri Lanka Cricket had asked for the three home Tests, due to have been played at some point in July and August 2013, to be moved in order to accommodate a one-day tri-series featuring West Indies and India. The rearrangement also averts South Africa's visit from clashing with the Sri Lanka Premier League, which is likely to begin in early August.

CSA said it was still committed to playing five ODIs and three T20 internationals in Sri Lanka next year, as mandated by the Future Tours Programme (FTP). The Tests have now been put back until June 2015.

"We have acceded to the request for two reasons," Faul said. "In the first place we have a very good relationship with Sri Lanka Cricket and we have done our best to assist them. In the second place it actually works out quite well for the Proteas in handling their workload effectively.

"Had we proceeded with the Test series in Sri Lanka next year it would have meant that the Proteas would have played 11 Test matches between July 2013 and March 2014. In addition they would have had no break between the start of the ICC Champions Trophy [in June 2013] and the end of the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh in April, 2014. The rescheduling of the Test series means that the Proteas will now have a three-week break between the Champions Trophy and the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka."

"The matter has been discussed with the Proteas team management as well and it has been agreed that this is the best way forward both for CSA and Sri Lanka Cricket. The Proteas will now undertake their Test tour of Sri Lanka in June 2015, before they move on to Bangladesh in July as part of the ICC Future Tours Programme.

"I would like to stress that there was never ever any question of the Test series against Sri Lanka not happening. The status of Test cricket is paramount as far as we are concerned. We retain the same number of Tests as far as the FTP is concerned until 2019-2020."

The agreement means that after completing their tour of Australia, which includes three Tests, Sri Lanka have only four Test matches - two against Bangladesh and two against Zimbabwe - slated between January and December next year. A two-Test series against West Indies that would have potentially clashed with the 2013 IPL was scrapped last month.

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  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    @tanstell87...India are an ordinary team. Bangladesh have better young players i.e. Worlds Best All-Rounder :P

  • Sami on November 3, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    @chapathishot - Bowling attack was good enough to defeat you in Asia Cup meeting and Under-19 World Cup where Sri Lanka got knocked out by Bangladesh. With all the debt problems Sri Lanka has and cancelling tests, the future of Sri Lanka Cricket is clear under my eyes :)

  • Unni on November 2, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    As SL is struggling to win even test matches at home ,it is better not play rather than play and loss better play tests with teams that they can win.Regarding quality of Bangladesh bowling attack ,only thing that can be said is that they have to win atleast one test match against a quality team at home and then we will agree that Bangladesh has a bowling attack

  • Tanmay on November 2, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    @AzAb12754 - yes but Afghanistan gave India tough fight rather as compared to England....Bangladesh always had a chance against New Zealand in World T20 this year...listen i dont intend to degrade Bangla's bowling attack....if you are talking about Asia Cup final then let me remind you of CB Series 2008 finals which India won 2-0 against then World Champions Australia in thier own backyard - Asia Cup 2010 final which India won in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka & also the World Cup 2011 final which India won at home which no other team had in previous 9 World Cups.

  • Smith on November 1, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @tanstell87: lol Although I disagree with that other person and agree with you that India bowling is still more equipped than Bangladesh your argument does not really add up. India had Afghanistan in their group Bangladesh New Zealand and Pakistan so India had a bye-pass if you can see. Also India didn't qualify for Asia Cup Final so I don't understand why you used that World T20 scenario :)

  • kosala on November 1, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Well I wonder what Mr Sangakkara and Mr Jayawardena have to say and where they stand on this matter. Same guys said not enough test matches with top ranking teams outside Asia. May be SL cricket should built good test side who like cricket to carnival.

  • Tanmay on November 1, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @ nilb - is it so??....thats why Bangladesh with better bowling attack than India did not qualify for super 8's in recent T20 world Cup & India with thier bowling attack could win 2 out of 3 in the super 8's while South Africa with much more better attack could not win a single game out of 3 in super 8's.

  • Stark on November 1, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Didn't Ind and SL just play recently?!?!

    What is wrong with these administrators!!

  • Asif on November 1, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Few days back the SA rejected the request from PAK for alteration in tour of Pak so they can mange a 20 20 league. for the apposite 2 reason

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Another disgraceful, black day in SL cricket

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