South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014 March 22, 2014

Galle, SSC to host South Africa Tests

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa will play a Test series in Sri Lanka for the first time since 2006, following the confirmation of the venues and dates for a short tour comprising two Tests and three ODIs. Cricket South Africa (CSA) has stated that the team will arrive on June 30 and begin the tour with the ODIs, followed by the Tests.

The three ODIs will be played at different venues across the country, with Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium hosting the first game on July 6. Only the second ODI, in Pallekele, will be a day-night contest. The two Tests will be played in Galle (starting July 16) and Colombo's SSC (starting July 24).

This will be Sri Lanka's first home Test series since they hosted Bangladesh in March 2013. The original schedule had specified three Tests, in addition to the five ODIs and three Twenty20s that had already been played last year. But Sri Lanka Cricket had requested the Tests be moved to 2015, ostensibly to vacate the schedule for a Sri Lanka Premier League, but space in both teams' schedule in July has allowed a change of plans.

In February, SLC and CSA had agreed to bring it forward to 2014 and one Test was dropped to accommodate ODIs.

"The Test series is the one that was postponed from last year at Sri Lanka's request and is indicative of the good progress we are making in finalising commitments with all countries in terms of the ICC Future Tours Programme," said CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

In the limited-overs series played last year, Sri Lanka won the ODIs 4-1 while South Africa took the T20s 2-1.

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  • Warren on March 25, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    One Test short of being a proper series and a proper "test" for both SA (haven't won a series in SL since 1993 nor a test since 2000!) and for SL (a tough test series against the number one team in the world). One bad session in the first test and gone are your chances of winning the series. That's the problem with these two match series.

  • ESPN on March 24, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    This is not good for the future of test cricket. It's imperative that competitive teams such as South Africa and Sri Lanka are able to test and horne their skills over a minimum of 3 tests. Recent test matches (Ashes and Australian tour of SA) are quite clear that quality teams need to be embraced for the future of this cricket genre. Cricket boards need to understand and the ICC must enforce this as a minimum requirement for the Top 6 test teams.

  • Yohan on March 23, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Great that SL is playing some tests at home . SL cricket administration blunders erased 6 tests ( home 3 away 3 ) . now we got 2 of them back . i would have been happier if we had 3 test instead ODI s but knowing financial status 2 tests are not bad . Great opportunity for Sanga , Mahela to face No 1 team . My team - Kaushal S , Dimuth , sanga , Mahela , Angi , Chandimal , Dilruwan , Herath , Mendis , Lakmal , Eranga .

  • Dilan on March 23, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    stop complaining people....2 tests is better than nothing! Even though ODIs aren't important to us, they are an important source of financial revenue for both boards and are potentially financing the tests and more tours. lets not forget that.

  • greig on March 23, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Great news. More test cricket. Pity it wasnt 3 Test matches. No one will remember Sri Lanka winning an ODI series, but they will remember then beating SA in a 3 match test series.

  • Nick on March 23, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Great news and great schedule. Can't wait to see the Galle test, one of the most picturesque grounds in the world. And a chance to see the world's premier test batsman Sangakkara (58.07) and fellow great Mahela Jayawardena (50.30) against the formidable Steyn and Philander. Cricket at its very best!

  • parvesh on March 22, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    i have seen some test matches played in sri lanka against india and the crowds were quite big. I know the grounds are small but they were nearly full. At least india plays more than 2 at home. Because we have politicians as head of indian cricket. India has no clue how to arrange a full schedule home and away. Thats why we dont see much crowds anymore. Sri lanka can easily attract interest at home. Yes have the premier league but from july-sept 1 you can easily fit in 3tests 5 odi. Please let your fans know at least 4 months before who is coming. Its all about planning. The icc future tour programme is a joke. Cricket fans know its just a piece of paper. They are not the heads of cricket, they have only got to the eyes yet. Icc just keep watching there is nothing u can do. I the true indian fan

  • Jay on March 22, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Nobody will be interested to watch a TWO TEST series especially after an ODI and 3 T20s. I guess the organizers didn't use their common sense when putting forward this itinerary.

  • Tameshwar on March 22, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    No crowds for test cricket in SL.........sad

  • if on March 22, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    It would be great to have a 3 match test series against top ranked test team in the world... one more test is greater than 3 one dayers...

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