India in South Africa 2013-14 April 12, 2013

India to tour SA for three Tests and seven ODIs

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India will tour South Africa for three Tests, seven ODIs and two Twenty20s beginning in December this year and extending to early 2014. This will be the teams' first meeting since two seasons ago when they battled for the No.1 ranking which India held onto under Gary Kirsten. Now, South Africa are mace holders with Kirsten in their camp.

There was talk of a fourth Test being built into the schedule but that has not materialised. Mike Gajjar, CSA's manager cricket operations, said it was only ever a "possibility" to have an additional Test and the two boards stuck to what was "entrenched in the FTP."

But there is some good news for fans of the longest format. ESPNcricinfo understands the traditional Boxing Day Test will return to Durban after it was cancelled previous season because CSA opted to play three festive T20s instead. Although the other venues have not been confirmed, it is a given that Cape Town will host the New Year's Test and either Johannesburg or Centurion should get the third fixture.

Both teams will be short on Test cricket before the meeting. South Africa last played the format in February and will only meet Pakistan for two matches in the UAE before hosting India while their opposition will not play a single Test between now and then. India whitewashed Australia at home in March but have only fifty-over engagements until they fly to South Africa.

That includes seven ODIs against Australia after the Champions Trophy which adds to the glut of matches in the format. South Africa do not usually host ODI series of longer than five matches so India's scheduled seven is unusual. It should present an opportunity for some of the less visited grounds in the country, such as the Maritzburg Oval, the chance to host international cricket.

India's tour forms part of a bumper summer for South Africa. They also host Australia for three Tests in February-March 2014. Both series are among the more lucrative incoming tours with only England being the other team to bring in sizeable profits from television rights.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • dummy4fb on April 18, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Best we use the 7 odi's to give emerging batsmen a run. This is ridiculously boring stuff. As for the tests, three is good enough. I like the three test, 3 odi and 3 t20 format. Much more balanced viewing. Lets hope India are not the first stumbling block for the newly crowned number one.

  • DeckChairand6pack on April 18, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Yep, Praveen Kumar showed a lot of character in the losing tour of ENG, really impressed me. That aside, looking forward to the Green Machine taking care of India after they despatch Pakistan!

  • I_m_AKS on April 16, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    IND should pick Praveen Kumar for this tour, his performance in ENG is his qualification for this tour, if he can control his anger and make a combo with the other Kumar(Bhuvi) with the support of speedy Yadav and unpredictable duo of Ashwin & Sir Jadeja then IND may be can pull off a surprise with the ball. IND always had the pedigree on their batting.

    Honestly, SRT will be the weakest link on the squad. Sorry, but that's the truth.

  • dummy4fb on April 16, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    @elgenioroshan - Yes my friend, India are ranked there because they played more matches than anybody else. I don't know how you're number 1 in ODIs despite losing in the last year to teams ranked below Pakistan and Bangladesh.

  • AllroundCricketFan on April 15, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Should be at least 4 Tests, but we all know that is not going to happen. No crowds = no money. Hence, more ODIs to put bums on seats.

  • dummy4fb on April 15, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    India are in trouble by not playing any tests at all till this series begins . . . their toughest test is always in SA - said by Dhoni himself! 3-0 SA

  • dummy4fb on April 15, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Vijay, Dhawan, Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar, Zaheer and Umesh Yadav would be the ideal playing Xi.

    India would be well served if Irfan Pathan gets into good bowling and batting. If he plays as a genuine all-rounder it changes the whole complexion of the team. It gives the Captain more options.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on April 15, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Disappointed with many indian fans on here in favour of only 3 test matches so they can hide their test deficiencies. If you dont play more test cricket overseas then how can you expect to improve your test cricket?? BCCI is a shameful organisation for disapproving a 4th test match in favour of more ODIs. Such a shame, they are diluting this game of ours and stopping us from seeing legends of test cricket in our lifetimes - Amla, Kallis and Steyn. Cricinfo pls post.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on April 15, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    7 ODIs!!!!!!! Have adminitrators gone crazy!!!?? What are you thinking! There should be 5 test matches at least. How much longer can this go on, these bilateral odi series are pointless!

  • elgenioroshan on April 14, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    @joe - LOL! India and ordinary? That's why they are No.1 in ODI, No. 3 in Test and T20. Also, not to forget they are current world champs

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