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CSA agree to postpone Sri Lanka Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 31, 2012

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Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn chat at practice, Sydney, October 30, 2012
South Africa's Test players will not be required on the 2013 tour of Sri Lanka © Associated Press

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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Posted by   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

Posted by ExtremeSpeed 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 :)

Posted by chapathishot 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

Posted by tanstell87 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.

Posted by AzAb12754 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 :)

Posted by KosalaDeSilva 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.

Posted by tanstell87 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.

Posted by Stark62 on (November 1, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

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

What is wrong with these administrators!!

Posted by Asif_Iqbal 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

Posted by   on (November 1, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Another disgraceful, black day in SL cricket

Posted by sandeepgla on (November 1, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

@nilb read the last para carefully there is two test series with both Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in December-January.

Posted by colombo_SL on (November 1, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

Who care this boring Tri Series? India still want to make their annual big match with Sri Lanka.

Posted by colombo_SL on (November 1, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

Stupid decision! I can't understand where Sri Lanka Cricket is going!

Posted by colombo_SL on (November 1, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

Completely dissapointed with this decision. Pathetic!

Posted by priceless1 on (November 1, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990, Those two countries u mentioned have a better bowling units than the Indian Team , so you just come with the Team India's bowling unit it will enough for them

Posted by jackthelad on (November 1, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

A cricketing split like the Rugby Union/League split could be a positive thing, in fact. Let decent teams like England, Australia and South Africa play real cricket (with maybe a few one-dayers for fun) and let the also-rans mess about with the puerile short-order forms.

Posted by nilb on (November 1, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990 Sri Lanka is not going to do a series with Zimbabwe and bangladesh. and MAhela's and Sanga's biggest Innings are against SA and your "worlds best team" and please don't insult Bangladeshi bowlers they are a lot better than India nowdays.

Posted by Marcian on (November 1, 2012, 2:49 GMT)

SLC is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. The board is bankrupt to the core and desperately need the revenue from the more lucrative format which is limited overs cricket to keep itself afloat. I somewhat understand the decision from a business perspective but there should be some sort of balance.

How many Test series have been cancelled, cut short or postponed in recent times? 6 or 7 games if I'm not mistaken. I was peeved when the Test series against England was cut short to two matches to free SL players for IPL but now a whole Test series has been postponed until 2015 to accommodate another boring T20 premier league (SLPL). This is ludicrous!

Why cant they postpone SLPL by two weeks and cut short the 5 ODIs and 3 T20s and play the full three match Test series. Thats a compromise to look at but sad to say that things have really spiraled out of control for SL with no light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted by Engee on (November 1, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

This is so ironic. SL has moved from crying out for more test matches to turning down SA tests all within a few years. If ICC is not careful, test match cricket will soon become a thing of the past. Is that what we want and what is ICC's mandate?

Posted by   on (November 1, 2012, 0:42 GMT)

id rather have odis and t-20 canceled test cricket is the real deal

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 1, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

I am really disgusted. Just cant believe that this is really happening to Sri Lanka cricket. No other team is culling off test matches like Sri Lanka.

Posted by goldeneye075 on (November 1, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

It's a shame that test matches are been cancel , by any means it's wrong to criticize Sanga & Mahela... They do not chose to play the weaker teams, but they were forced by the cricket board & ICC itself. When I say ICC, I say it's there duty to make sure to keep the test cricket alive . But the greater picture is that the cricket board is facing some greater financial crisis at the moment, and what they see is to get out from it as soon as possible. But saying that they should know better, to work around the problem, and that's why we have administrators , otherwise you and me can do this dam job ;-) Shame should be on SL cricket, that they do not have their priorities at the correct place .. It's sickening to see the talents like sanga and mahela fade away with the coming years, as the time will be running out of them as well.. and we fans have been denied to watch them take on great teams and fighting for the country.. We are the ones who are been punished which is ironic !!!

Posted by Dashgar on (October 31, 2012, 23:39 GMT)

Big problems in Sri Lankan cricket. If they're so reliant on ODIs against India to make money then their business model is wrong.

Posted by jb633 on (October 31, 2012, 23:26 GMT)

Oh dear this is another tragic bit of news to the cricketing world. Test cricket is the only form and we are going to be subjected to more pyjama stuff where nobody really cares who wins as long as x hits some sixes. Disgrace

Posted by   on (October 31, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

If T20 cricket keeps on pushing Test cricket out of the way like this, I can picture a rugby union/league-style split coming a few years down the line, where each format is played by completely different teams. Sadly, this means the standard of Test cricket is likely to fall considerably, but I think this might be the only way it can survive in any form. The love of money once again infiltrates and destroys a sport we love. I wonder if the human race can ever move on from this mindset?

Posted by   on (October 31, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

"We are not keen on cancelling Tests," CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul said. "It goes through a process where we send it to the team management and then the logistics manager. We try to help other countries as much as we can but they will have to give reasons for wanting no Tests. When you cancel Tests, you've got to be careful because there are broadcasting issues."

That changed quickly then.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 31, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Go sanga and mahela!!! Thrash the zimbabweans and bangladeshis.if they bowled well, call me.i will come with my street cricketers and we will bowl to you badly and you can score tons and tons of runs and improve your average...ok.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

Obviousely the end of Test cricket is near especially in places like SL

Posted by Dr.Vindaloo on (October 31, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

Unbelievable. From the SA perspective, what is wrong with 11 tests in one year, particularly when you are the number one test side? England and Aus regularly play 11 tests in a year, as do India. At this rate Sri Lanka will play 11 tests in the next 20 years! But if this is their attitude, good riddance and we won't miss them.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

"Postponed 3 tests at the request of lanka", meanwhile PCB requested CSA to reschedule Team Pakistan tour and make it 1 week ealry for accomodating PPL which is to be held in March 2013, n they denied. Hey CSA u lost respect before every Pakistani fan...

Posted by   on (October 31, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

i cannot believe this, now SLC has postponed about 7 test matches (3 series) because of T20 and Od i cricket. Please play more test matches

Posted by d1n0 on (October 31, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Why bother reschedule? Just cancel it altogether because at this rate, there will be no Test cricket in 2015. Pathetic by SLC!

Posted by SurlyCynic on (October 31, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

The Boards keep saying that the various T20 windows don't affect test cricket, but as the competitions multiply (IPL, BPL, BBPL, SLPL, 'Champions' League) this is clearly not the truth. Also, is anyone really interested in yet another India SL ODI? I can barely remember ODI results but never forget test series.

Posted by Narbavi on (October 31, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

could have played these tests instead of those 5 odi's and 3 t20's, and why a series again featuring india?? Haven't the lankans had enough? do they want us to send our 'C' team now?? Feel sorry for test purists!!

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