South Africa in Sri Lanka 2013

CSA confirms Sri Lanka tour itinerary

Firdose Moonda

May 15, 2013

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AB de Villiers congratulates Angelo Mathews on Sri Lanka's win, South Africa v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Kimberley, January 20, 2012
File photo: Sri Lanka and South Africa last played an ODI series in January 2012 © AFP
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed the itinerary for Russell Domingo's first assignment as head coach. South Africa will play five ODIs and three Twenty20s in Sri Lanka between July 20 and August 6.

The tour was initially supposed to include three Tests but SLC asked for those to be postponed to accommodate the Sri Lankan Premier League. That means Domingo will not have to worry about the defence of the No.1 Test ranking until October, when South Africa are scheduled to play Pakistan in the UAE.

Full tour fixtures

  • July 20, 1st ODI, Colombo
  • July 23, 2nd ODI, Colombo
  • July 26, 3rd ODI, Kandy
  • July 28, 4th ODI, Kandy
  • July 31, 5th ODI, Colombo
  • August 2, 1st T20, Colombo
  • August 4, 2nd T20, Hambantota
  • August 6, 3rd T20, Hambantota

The limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka is likely to be an experimental one for South Africa. They would have just completed the Champions Trophy and may toy with combinations as they look to build towards the 2014 World T20 and 2015 World Cup.

Graeme Smith, who will miss the Champions Trophy with an ankle problem, is unlikely to make a comeback for this tour. His injury requires at least four months of recovery, and he may not play until the end of August. His wife, Morgan, is also due to give birth to the couple's second child during the Sri Lanka tour.

With Jacques Kallis also out because he does not play bilateral one-day series, the squad that goes to the Champions Trophy will have an opportunity to gel in Sri Lanka. South Africa are likely to have a new ODI vice-captain, after Hashim Amla relinquished the role, and it will present Faf du Plessis with a chance to develop as the T20 leader.

The series will be Sri Lanka's third limited-overs assignment in two months, with the Champions Trophy and the tri-series in the West Indies preceding it. The Sri Lanka Premier League will begin shortly after the end of the tour.

South Africa and Sri Lanka last played against each other in January 2012. South Africa won a hard fought one-day series 3-2 at home, with Sri Lanka coming back to win the last two games.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

disgusting - probably administrators who cant play test cricket anyway... No wonder Sri Lanka struggled in tests against Bangladesh. Sri Lankan cricket is dying...

Posted by Shongololo on (May 16, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

ODIs and T20s, boring, boring, boring...and the reason Sri Lankan Test cricket is going down the toilet, fast. How many Tests do these guys play a year? And more to the point, do they actually want to play more Test cricket? Seems not, which is sad as they have the potential to be a very competitive Test side.

Posted by Chris_P on (May 15, 2013, 22:03 GMT)

@Kamran Sekha. I think you better look at the overall picture. In Australia & England, Test Cricket thrives will large numbers of spectators watching this great game. And the boards make quite a deal of money out of it as well. I understand the sub continent countries will rarely, if ever, experience the sight of full stadiums for test matches, but, let's not paint everyone with the same brush, shall we? If the boxing day Test in the MCG ever experiences a slump, then the time will come to review it, but last season well over 60,000 turned out to watch the first day of the Sri Lankan test. This season will see an Ashes test there with predictions of 90,000+ to be there. Scrap test cricket with that support? Hardly.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

It is heartbreaking to see hypocracy dominate the fate of test cricket. This IPL, SLPL and T20 cricket exist only because of greed and hypocracy. The very same cricket administrators, cricket fans, journalists and players themselves who want to see test cricket co-exist with this T20 nonsense are the ones that are destroying it. They all want to save test cricket, but when money greedy cricket boards relegate test cricket this way, no one speaks up. Please give test cricket a peaceful death that ot deserves. Please do not make the souls of Bradman, Hobbs, Hutton, Hammond, Worrell and all other legends, suffer in this way. Play T20 slog sport 12 months a year because more money is better than less.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Sri Lanka, the West Indies and New Zealand are three main culprits in the destruction of test cricket. Scheduling test matches and then replacing them with a baseball type of slog festival is a bigger slap for the real game than not scheduling test matches at all. If it is all about money then surely more money must be better than less money. In that case why not just play T20 12 months a year? In fact, perhaps T10 games should be introduced so that more wild sloggers are created or how about each game consisting of a super over? Instantly killing test cricket rather than giving it this slow painful death is a sad sight. ODIs were painful enough for Test cricket, and now this IPL lunacy is the end. Please give test cricket the euthanasia it deserves.

Posted by Htc-Android on (May 15, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

I agree SLPL is completely useless. Should have played the test series. Last year none of our youngsters got opportunity to show their talent. Mostly its foriegners who had the opportunity. So whats the point of having such a tournament like this?

Posted by Ahgg on (May 15, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Just shows by the comments here how sad not to see tests being played. Instead of playing a useless SLPL slc should find innovative means to draw crowds to see test cricket to boost sales.

Posted by CricketFan1980 on (May 15, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

All very valid outrage against the replacing of tests with ODI. But this decision was made in October 2012 and not now. SL board is cash strapped as is and needs the limited overs games to sustain. Play the test matches when possible. I have no qualms in that.

Posted by rsnCricketCrazy on (May 15, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

It's really unfair to replace Tests into 3 ODI's. Test cricket would have been an real test for the SA team against the lankan spin attack in the sub-continent. It will be an pathetic series without any test matches.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

what a joke, to replace 3 tests with a useless SLPL. sad for test cricket

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