South Africa news January 23, 2014

CSA offers Test to Zimbabwe

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CSA has proposed a Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe to be played before they host Australia for a Test and Twenty20 series that begins on February 12, ESPNcricinfo has learned.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is unlikely to be able to commit to the fixture because of their impasse with their players: they are on strike over non-payment and their domestic competitions have also been put on hold.

With no end in sight to the boycott, one player, who asked not to be named, said he thought "the chances of the match happening are very slim because we have not been playing any cricket at all".

A second source from Zimbabwe said even though some players "welcomed the opportunity", others are wary of visiting South Africa given the team's long break from competitive cricket.

Zimbabwe's last outing was almost four months ago, against Pakistan in September. Since then, a tour by Sri Lanka was cancelled for financial reasons and although the domestic four and one-day competitions kicked off, they were stalled after one round of the former and three matches of the latter.

In case Zimbabwe are unable to make the trip, CSA are also considering an alternative. Members of South Africa's Test squad would play against a Zimbabwe A side in Johannesburg in early February. That would most likely coincide with the Australians' tour match in Potchefstroom against a South African Invitation XI. The Invitation team will probably not consist of South Africa's 'next best' as was the case on 2011, but promising players in the set up.

CSA insisted that the offer has been made for cricketing reasons and is not an attempt to build support in the ICC crisis over the future make-up of international cricket.

Zimbabwe's players went on strike in mid-December over non-payment. They also refused to restart the fixtures in January, insisting they will stick to the "no pay, no cricket" policy. Their stance led to the limited-overs incoming tour of Afghanistan, which was scheduled for January, also being cancelled.

Salaries are outstanding as of November last year and ZC's financial situation has meant they cannot provide any guarantee as to when they will be able to pay their players. It is understood they are currently in talks with a local corporate to sign sponsorship and if they manage to secure the deal, domestic cricket could resume by next week. That would be the only practice Zimbabwe get ahead of the World Twenty20, unless they take up South Africa's offer to play a Test, which could be staged at the Wanderers.

There is a possibility that this sudden move by CSA is to gain ZC's support when the draft proposal for a revamp of the ICC's administrative structure comes to vote at the Executive Board's quarterly meeting in Dubai on January 28 and 29. CSA's position on the draft, which will concentrate power with the BCCI, ECB and CA, is that the idea was "fundamentally flawed" and "in breach of the ICC constitution."

CSA rejected suggestions of using the match to gain Zimbabwe's backing, saying tat as they have not played Tests since the Boxing Day fixture against India, and with the first-class competition on hold because of the domestic T20 tournament, team management wanted an additional fixture ahead of the Australia series.

"The request to play Zimbabwe is purely for cricket reasons," a CSA official said. "Our team are notoriously slow starters and the request was made long before the ICC revamp proposal came."

ZC have made no comment on the proposal but are understood to traditionally vote in favour of the BCCI. One insider questioned whether the match would be enough to sway Zimbabwe to endorse South Africa's position. "I can't see how Zimbabwe would benefit from a match against South Africa. They won't earn any money from coming here. Maybe if CSA had suggested going to play in Zimbabwe and ZC they could sell television rights, they may be interested."

South Africa are also due to tour Zimbabwe in July but the possibility of that series going ahead is in doubt, because of ZC's financial situation.

This story was updated with additional information at 1800 GMT on January 23

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | January 26, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Hahaa @ Greatest_Game. Such a great point you make - Robbie P is a better batsman than JP, and JP is a better spinner!! So true and sums up the total madness in selection if R.Petersen is picked to lob more pies and appreciative batsmen.

    The SA "A" match will be very useful in more ways that one. Firstly it gets our current Test guys some much needed practice but MOST importantly it will hopefully be used as Justification for giving some new Test caps to those to who stand up and prove themselves. Van Zyl, Harmer, De Kock, Hendricks, etc.

    We need to encourage the groundsmen in SA to make the tracks nice and lively. Since we dont have a spinner anyway, our plan should be to blow them out the water with pure pace attack - all fast pace seamers.

  • POSTED BY Testcricketistop on | January 25, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @ZCF Outcast.

    Mate you cannot be more wrong if you suggest we should jump when the BCCI says we must jump, nor that we shouldn't have appointed Lorgat.

    Yes sport in SA is poorly marketed and not enough fuss is made about sport in SA, even rygby is really not getting close enough attention in the media.

    SA sport has vast potential to grow, and if these sporting bodies in conjunction with government find synergy we will be not only more competitive, but also financially so much better off.

    By resgning yourself to the fact that others must rule your sporting code will mean you are signing your fate over to them, that should never ever be allowed.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | January 25, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @Testcricketistop, yes and a little bit no. Shouldn't have appointed Lorgat, can vote with the BCCI, but not budge on tour itinerary when they're hosting. The cricket ecosystem in SA is huge. Not modest 80s&90s anymore so without the BCCI, cricket here would die quicker than it would in ZIM with a headstart. After football&rugby, there's nothing left for cricket. The odd rugby club game, let alone Currie Cup match, gets more fans than franchise cricket&even the RAM Slam T20. It doesn't help that our brand of cricket(just like the Springboks) is so dull&boring. A lot of the players would quickly scatter to ENG,AUS&NZ, but then again, those 3 don't have room for any more in their ranks. ZIM's Travis Friend had to be a low cost airline pilot. That'll be Harmer soon. It's not like the sport is getting attention from the majority of citizens in their respective countries. Well off parents won't invest in or sponsor a sport their kids don't want to play even if they love the game themselves.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | January 24, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster. After the IPL fizzles out when it becomes Ranji lite, and Indian fans are sick to death of the same old boring rubbish between Ind, Eng & Aus, they will ALL be watching SA, NZ, Pak, SL and a supported & much improved Bang, Zim, Ire, Afg etc simply because it will be much more exciting - it will be real cricket. Then, ALL that Indian money will stay OUT of India, and the World Cup income - the real world cup not including the 3 teams who only play each other - will also go everywhere BUT India. The BCCI, ECB and CA will be irrelevant, but mostly the BCCI as the Ashes will go on as the Poms & Aussies do have that.

    After a while Aus & Eng will be readmitted as 'associates' and the whole world can happy play cricket, funded by India with no BCCI interference. What a pleasure.

    How do you like that alternative future, because it is a VERY real possibility.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | January 24, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    SA vs SA 'A" makes GREAT sense. Let Hendricks and de Kock show that they should be playing against Aus. No question they are worth more than Robbie P and the "I don't score test runs" JP.

    SA should play Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Hendricks and Abbot against Aus. Why play a barely useful spinner - just prepare a seamer's track and play 5 roaring pacers - like the Windies of old. Aus' fragile batting would last for about 47 runs. Warner would have 'scared eyes.' SA have few fears of Aus bowling. Pattinson has lost it completely. Johnson is off the boil again, and will play like his last SA tour when he averaged 85. He has has his good series for the next few years. Haris & Siddle are containable, can't bowl dangerously all day, and Lyon will be milked. Just beat Aus to death with pace. They can dish it, but can't take it. Broad had them hopping. Broad!

    They should drop JP & Robbie P. Robbie is the better batsman & JP the better spinner, & neither are worth it on their recent record

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    SA should play SA A. It would be a cracker of a match and many people would watch. Would be good preparation for AUS.

    At Wanderers...

    Smith, Peterson, Hash, Faf, AB, Elgar, JP, Robbie P, Philander, D Steyn, Morne M

    VS

    Roussow, De Kock, Van Zyl, Bavuma, JL Ontong (capt), Thami Tsolikele (wk), Parnell, Harmer, Abbott, De Lange, Hendricks

  • POSTED BY philvic on | January 24, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    CSA should be proactive and arrange a good number of tests for SA against a variety of opponents. The FTP is dead in the water.

  • POSTED BY fixation on | January 24, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Come on CSA get a tri series together zim,Afghanistan and Sa

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | January 24, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    It will be a real pity for African Cricket if Zimbabwean Cricket is extinct especially considering these radical proposals that could be coming soon. Remember Kenya? Cricket is not a world sport anymore.

  • POSTED BY AngeloZack on | January 24, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    History will judge those who have abused positions of great influence, the members of the Indian, Australian and English cricket boards, harshly.

    The only people rejoicing at any hardship South Africa is facing are short-sighted nationalists who have been invited to the head table, not lovers of cricket.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | January 26, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    Hahaa @ Greatest_Game. Such a great point you make - Robbie P is a better batsman than JP, and JP is a better spinner!! So true and sums up the total madness in selection if R.Petersen is picked to lob more pies and appreciative batsmen.

    The SA "A" match will be very useful in more ways that one. Firstly it gets our current Test guys some much needed practice but MOST importantly it will hopefully be used as Justification for giving some new Test caps to those to who stand up and prove themselves. Van Zyl, Harmer, De Kock, Hendricks, etc.

    We need to encourage the groundsmen in SA to make the tracks nice and lively. Since we dont have a spinner anyway, our plan should be to blow them out the water with pure pace attack - all fast pace seamers.

  • POSTED BY Testcricketistop on | January 25, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @ZCF Outcast.

    Mate you cannot be more wrong if you suggest we should jump when the BCCI says we must jump, nor that we shouldn't have appointed Lorgat.

    Yes sport in SA is poorly marketed and not enough fuss is made about sport in SA, even rygby is really not getting close enough attention in the media.

    SA sport has vast potential to grow, and if these sporting bodies in conjunction with government find synergy we will be not only more competitive, but also financially so much better off.

    By resgning yourself to the fact that others must rule your sporting code will mean you are signing your fate over to them, that should never ever be allowed.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | January 25, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @Testcricketistop, yes and a little bit no. Shouldn't have appointed Lorgat, can vote with the BCCI, but not budge on tour itinerary when they're hosting. The cricket ecosystem in SA is huge. Not modest 80s&90s anymore so without the BCCI, cricket here would die quicker than it would in ZIM with a headstart. After football&rugby, there's nothing left for cricket. The odd rugby club game, let alone Currie Cup match, gets more fans than franchise cricket&even the RAM Slam T20. It doesn't help that our brand of cricket(just like the Springboks) is so dull&boring. A lot of the players would quickly scatter to ENG,AUS&NZ, but then again, those 3 don't have room for any more in their ranks. ZIM's Travis Friend had to be a low cost airline pilot. That'll be Harmer soon. It's not like the sport is getting attention from the majority of citizens in their respective countries. Well off parents won't invest in or sponsor a sport their kids don't want to play even if they love the game themselves.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | January 24, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster. After the IPL fizzles out when it becomes Ranji lite, and Indian fans are sick to death of the same old boring rubbish between Ind, Eng & Aus, they will ALL be watching SA, NZ, Pak, SL and a supported & much improved Bang, Zim, Ire, Afg etc simply because it will be much more exciting - it will be real cricket. Then, ALL that Indian money will stay OUT of India, and the World Cup income - the real world cup not including the 3 teams who only play each other - will also go everywhere BUT India. The BCCI, ECB and CA will be irrelevant, but mostly the BCCI as the Ashes will go on as the Poms & Aussies do have that.

    After a while Aus & Eng will be readmitted as 'associates' and the whole world can happy play cricket, funded by India with no BCCI interference. What a pleasure.

    How do you like that alternative future, because it is a VERY real possibility.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | January 24, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    SA vs SA 'A" makes GREAT sense. Let Hendricks and de Kock show that they should be playing against Aus. No question they are worth more than Robbie P and the "I don't score test runs" JP.

    SA should play Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Hendricks and Abbot against Aus. Why play a barely useful spinner - just prepare a seamer's track and play 5 roaring pacers - like the Windies of old. Aus' fragile batting would last for about 47 runs. Warner would have 'scared eyes.' SA have few fears of Aus bowling. Pattinson has lost it completely. Johnson is off the boil again, and will play like his last SA tour when he averaged 85. He has has his good series for the next few years. Haris & Siddle are containable, can't bowl dangerously all day, and Lyon will be milked. Just beat Aus to death with pace. They can dish it, but can't take it. Broad had them hopping. Broad!

    They should drop JP & Robbie P. Robbie is the better batsman & JP the better spinner, & neither are worth it on their recent record

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    SA should play SA A. It would be a cracker of a match and many people would watch. Would be good preparation for AUS.

    At Wanderers...

    Smith, Peterson, Hash, Faf, AB, Elgar, JP, Robbie P, Philander, D Steyn, Morne M

    VS

    Roussow, De Kock, Van Zyl, Bavuma, JL Ontong (capt), Thami Tsolikele (wk), Parnell, Harmer, Abbott, De Lange, Hendricks

  • POSTED BY philvic on | January 24, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    CSA should be proactive and arrange a good number of tests for SA against a variety of opponents. The FTP is dead in the water.

  • POSTED BY fixation on | January 24, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Come on CSA get a tri series together zim,Afghanistan and Sa

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | January 24, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    It will be a real pity for African Cricket if Zimbabwean Cricket is extinct especially considering these radical proposals that could be coming soon. Remember Kenya? Cricket is not a world sport anymore.

  • POSTED BY AngeloZack on | January 24, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    History will judge those who have abused positions of great influence, the members of the Indian, Australian and English cricket boards, harshly.

    The only people rejoicing at any hardship South Africa is facing are short-sighted nationalists who have been invited to the head table, not lovers of cricket.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | January 24, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: Imagine IPL without Steyn, Morkel, de Villiers, Kallis, du Plessis and Duminy, Sangakkara, Jayawerdene, Matthews, Malinga.Will it be the same?

  • POSTED BY MariusRoodt on | January 24, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Little_Aussie_Battler You're so witty, with your references to the old names.

    Rhodesia was great. As long as you were white. Kinda like Australia to do, I daresay.

  • POSTED BY TheCricketeer on | January 24, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Relations between Zim and SA should be better and matches more frequent. I would go so far as to say an annual two match home and away series could be played. This would give Zim regular top class competition, and the matches could be scheduled to assit SA preperation for other test series which is always a problem. I'm sure some mutually beneficial arrangement could be had. Its a 3 hour flight - Zim are desperately in need of more test matches and our test side always lacks reasonable preperation opportunities. Everyone benefits....

  • POSTED BY Little_Aussie_Battler on | January 24, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    In an ideal world Australia would play a test match up at Salisbury either before playing the Springboks or and the end of the South African tour.

    Rhodesia was a lovely country, until the new management came in and put their own stamp over everything and put it back into the stone age.

  • POSTED BY Testcricketistop on | January 24, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    @ZCF Outcast, so what you are saying is CSA must jump up and down because the BCCI says so?

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | January 24, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    @Shongololo if you have been following cricket in SA long enough you will know that if it's not weak opposition, then it it's a flat pitch that the tourists will get as preparation. Why play undercooked ZIM anyway?

    Lorgat deserves credit for nothing. He is strategically inept. Under Majola, IND had always maintained close ties with CSA, & now he's put SA's power in the game, CLT20 etc at risk. I wouldn't be surprised if fewer SA players receive bids for the IPL. There are certain things that you just don't do. He misled the President about the implications of his appointment. That was selfish&proved disastrous. It's laughable to see a consistent #1 side being treated with the same regard as aspiring Full Members such as AFG&IRE are, let alone ZIM&BD. Anyway he got his wish. Now he's CEO of a 2nd class citizen and his power basically amounts to ziltch. He'll soon receive further evidence of that when he next negotiates rights with SuperSport, and that won't be the BCCI,ECB&CA's fault.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    @ladycricket - South Africa went through isolation and almost made the World Cup final immediately upon re-admmission. SA Cricket will survive this.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    So ICC is changing its name to BIG 3 .and we the South Africa , Pakistan ,Zimbabwe and Bangladesh also may be Srilanka ,New Zealand and West Indies going to make their own UCC [Universal cricket council]

    go go go i love that idea

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | January 24, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    South Africa is definitely showing a goodwill gesture towards Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan should try to convince Ireland Cricket Board and the WICB to oppose the draft proposal.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | January 24, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    I think SA should now accept the bitter reality and 'learn' to embrace ZIM, PAK, SL, and BAN. Because, they could be only playing these countries for the rest of their cricketing future. This gives ZIM the perfect opportunity to become good like their southern neighbours. Sadly, the Big 3 won't get to play a strong ZIM side.

  • POSTED BY ladycricket on | January 24, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    The sad thing is, I can see so many of these boards selling out to bring immediate surety and incentives to their association. I can't blame them for this, but in the long run, cricket everywhere outside of India, England and Australia is going to die. South Africa is the country that stands to lose the most out of this proposal and I'm sure it is the only reason they have come out in such strong opposition to it, perhaps in the hope that others will follow, but no body will. Everybody is taking care of themselves, only CSA is fighting and only because they had no option. I fully expect Zim to support the proposal because they are in the most dire situation and should be easily influenced. If the likes of West Indies and New Zealand can be swayed to believe this proposal is worth supporting, Zim and Bangladesh will surely follow. So upset by this whole thing.

  • POSTED BY Shongololo on | January 23, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    @ZCFOutkast, how you arrived at that conspiracy theory only you will know, as the facts would suggest otherwise. Surely the South Africa Invitation team - whatever its composition - the Aussies will face in Potch will be at least as strong as any Test side Zim can cobble together, so the Aussies will actually have stronger opposition, we'll have the weaker prep? Whatever transpires, I think Lorgat is to be commended for his efforts as we all know how dreadfully undercooked we tend to be at the start of Test series'. Any first class cricket prep is better than nothing, especially as those in the Test side haven't played a first class game since the Boxing Day Test.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | January 23, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Wouldn't it be nice to have a Test tri-series? Australia haven't played Zimbabwe since they came back from exile, and if the new AusIndEng Cartel comes into being, they might not play them again in any form until...er....ever? Just a thought :)

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | January 23, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    @Albert_Campbell. Zimbabwe thoroughly deserved that win over your team. They lost couple of good players during the tour(eg, Jarvis, Ervine..etc), but still they managed to pull a test win over your team. They deserved that win. I think they could have won the ODI series against India as well, If they had enough match practice before the series.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | January 23, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    We should have offered them 3 match ODI series instead of a test match. This will give them a good preparation ahead of the T20 world cup. We will be too good for them in test matches. Even good sides like Aussies, SL, NZ, Pak crumbled for less than 50 runs against us. I cant see Zimbabwe competing with us. Instead I prefer our A team to play some 4 day games with them.

  • POSTED BY Sabbir007 on | January 23, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Well done CSA! Take proper steps to form a new cricket organization! We do not need that BIG 3!!! Love from Bangladesh!

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    India has always helped Zimbabwe..We toured at every given chance to help them out. We always stood by the country. I am sure BCCI and ICC will help Zimbabwe....I wish ICC could pay Zim players directly.

  • POSTED BY mensan on | January 23, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    True it is of no financial benefit to ZIM. SA should play this test in Zimbabwe instead bearing all the costs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Rsa ,pak,sri,ban,zim,kenya,uae, namibia should from a new alliance and go against the big three ..

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | January 23, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Zim should accept the proposal ..it will help Zim grow better..although the win against Pakistan was a FLUKE..but Zim has talent !

  • POSTED BY Testcricketistop on | January 23, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    South Africa is scheduled for a test series in Zimbabwe in July for those who didn't know

  • POSTED BY flickspin on | January 23, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    with zimbabwe first class competition in disarray, its time south africa added 3 zimbabwean teams to thier domestic comp, and pay thier wages with help of the icc, because zimbabwe cricket is not function able

    zimbabwe could earn a little bit of money in the south african 20/20 league with 3 zimbabwean teams

    zimbabwe needs a test schedule of 10 test a year, with the icc paying the wages of the top 20 players

    all the icc would need to do to fund zimbabwean top 20 crickets is sack 20 administrators in the massive blown out administration that is the icc (its a crime that administrators are paid more than players)

    whilst im happy zimbabwe are playing 1 test, they need more.

    why carnt australia play a warm up test vs zimbabwe as well

    its sad to see the lovable zimbabwe team of the 1990's early 2000's in such a bad state,

    they had the flower brothers, dave houghtin, paul strang, heath streak

    i hope zimbabwe can once again rise, and play test cricket.

    go zimbabwe

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    The way I see It India always try to help us financially, of the Big 3 only India has toured ZIM twice 2011 and 2013, and that cash inflow helped a great deal, SA has not invited our players for either a T20 and have not Toured for any official matches, A brother yes but SA cares less about our financial reality, it would be political suicide to vote against Inda, The real Unfair Cricket Boards are Aus and Eng, when was the last time this guys played Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Sri, and how many times do they do that, seriously cricket is pathetic when it comes to governance!!!

  • POSTED BY creebo777 on | January 23, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    this is great for zimbabwe playing against a top side like proteas,i would even play against them for free

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    well done SA you can stand up to the so called big three give the aussies a lesson in the upcoming series that they wont forget

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Interesting gesture from CSA though, why now? Charova sei chando, all of a sudden Zim is now neighbour

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | January 23, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Zimbabwe don't need this Test! Of what benefit will a one off test be anyway? What they need is money so all the domestic professional cricketers can play. CSA must talk of turning their T20s with Australia into a Tri-Series with 30% of the funds going to a salaries bank for the Franchise players, coaches&umpires in Zimbabwe. Bear in mind that Aus A & SA A were hosted by Zimbabwe to a great expense for a tri-series, and SA A returned for a second time. There were high profile players in those teams - Amla,Faf,Warner,Finch etc! Time to lend a hand back and put the test offer aside. That can be done at a later stage with a full program including 2Tests plus T20s&ODIs. Peter Chingoka must not be silly and admit to this. Lorgat thinks he is clever!

    My suspicion actually is that Australia might be considering doing such a thing, but SA are trying to beat them to it, to starve them of quality opposition&practice. Do some more digging Firdose, you might just stumble on similar suspiciions.

  • POSTED BY Anti-ZCAdmin on | January 23, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    CSA move will place Zim in a very strong dilemma. CSA has been very supportive to Zim cricket over the years, but playing SA alone won't improve Zim financial situation. If Zim is to vote with SA will the other big three nations penalize all the other teams that would have voted against them.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | January 23, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    A very good decision from South Africa Every cricket board should get together with South Africa to show the power of fans to those big three

  • POSTED BY Romanticstud on | January 23, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Why don't Pakistan and South Africa form a new cricket league ... South Africa has had experience from their isolation times to pull it off maybe take Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and others with them ... let the BIG three, New Zealand and West Indies play their own cricket and the rest play each other more often and have longer series ... forget about the IPL ... form a lucrative tournament where all players are invited, where each national coach is a team coach and let them select their combinations from the pool of players ...

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | January 23, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    CSA is the most "gentleman" board of all. Helping its neighbor in crucial times, not accepting BCCI's (read bully) unfair demands, thrashing the idea of "Big 3" are very encouraging and positive moves.

  • POSTED BY malepas on | January 23, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Good on CSA, if BCCI making offers to WI and BD, and CA to NZ to gain support, then this is fair for CSA to gain support from other boards to stop this tyrannical idea to be implemented with the help of other boards who going to be affected very heavily.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    i don't think they need to lure ZC's for support because this idea is also harmful for Zimbabwe .thinking positively it is the only way to support Zimbabwe cricket board and its players.also helping them out of financial crises

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | January 23, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Good move CSA. it is a very magnanimous gesture from your side, although its actually a practise game to remove rustiness for SA team prior to the BIG series! Whaterever the cause, winner Zim and I'm happy for those spirited cricketers.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | January 23, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Every country should stand with CSA on this issue and prevent a long term tragedy that could see the end of the game of cricket as we know it. They may tend to loose on the short term but in the long term if they don't want to see the sport slowly fade away they HAVE to grow a pair and stand up against this absurd proposal.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    this is what CSA should do with rest of the boards except so called big three what bcci and allies thinking is that better to finish the international cricket and play only ipl all over the year

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    come'on south africa,we got__south africa,zimbabawe,namibia,pakisthan,srilanka against draft....ireland may be against the draft because of its stained relation ship with ECB,_Bangladesh may come against if pakisthan and slc agree to play against them in banladesh,____ WI..will support because their want them to play in IPL, NZC will support because they don't want india to cut short their tour________

    OVERALL WITH INDIA NEXT PLAYING AGAINST ENGLAND,WI,AUSTRALIA AND WORLD CUP..OTHER COUNTRIES WILL BE AGAINST DRAFT

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    A good news, because these teams should be helped out by bigger teams.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Zim won't be playing test cricket for very long if they don't back SA so doubt that's the reason. South Africa have been poor in recent times when it comes to the first test of a series, so they looking for a warm-up game before they take on Aus.

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | January 23, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Good work.

    South Africa and Pakistan need to use their new alliance to ensure that Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are brought on board. If they can do that, the votes of New Zealand and West Indies become irrelevant.

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  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | January 23, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Good work.

    South Africa and Pakistan need to use their new alliance to ensure that Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are brought on board. If they can do that, the votes of New Zealand and West Indies become irrelevant.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Zim won't be playing test cricket for very long if they don't back SA so doubt that's the reason. South Africa have been poor in recent times when it comes to the first test of a series, so they looking for a warm-up game before they take on Aus.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    A good news, because these teams should be helped out by bigger teams.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    come'on south africa,we got__south africa,zimbabawe,namibia,pakisthan,srilanka against draft....ireland may be against the draft because of its stained relation ship with ECB,_Bangladesh may come against if pakisthan and slc agree to play against them in banladesh,____ WI..will support because their want them to play in IPL, NZC will support because they don't want india to cut short their tour________

    OVERALL WITH INDIA NEXT PLAYING AGAINST ENGLAND,WI,AUSTRALIA AND WORLD CUP..OTHER COUNTRIES WILL BE AGAINST DRAFT

  • POSTED BY android_user on | January 23, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    this is what CSA should do with rest of the boards except so called big three what bcci and allies thinking is that better to finish the international cricket and play only ipl all over the year

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | January 23, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Every country should stand with CSA on this issue and prevent a long term tragedy that could see the end of the game of cricket as we know it. They may tend to loose on the short term but in the long term if they don't want to see the sport slowly fade away they HAVE to grow a pair and stand up against this absurd proposal.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | January 23, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Good move CSA. it is a very magnanimous gesture from your side, although its actually a practise game to remove rustiness for SA team prior to the BIG series! Whaterever the cause, winner Zim and I'm happy for those spirited cricketers.

  • POSTED BY on | January 23, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    i don't think they need to lure ZC's for support because this idea is also harmful for Zimbabwe .thinking positively it is the only way to support Zimbabwe cricket board and its players.also helping them out of financial crises

  • POSTED BY malepas on | January 23, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Good on CSA, if BCCI making offers to WI and BD, and CA to NZ to gain support, then this is fair for CSA to gain support from other boards to stop this tyrannical idea to be implemented with the help of other boards who going to be affected very heavily.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | January 23, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    CSA is the most "gentleman" board of all. Helping its neighbor in crucial times, not accepting BCCI's (read bully) unfair demands, thrashing the idea of "Big 3" are very encouraging and positive moves.