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SLC seek postponement of South Africa Tests

Andrew Fernando

October 30, 2012

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Dilhara Fernando dismissed Mohammad Hafeez, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 4th day, July 11, 2012
If the three South Africa Tests are postponed, Sri Lanka only have four Tests scheduled between January and December in 2013 © AFP

Sri Lanka Cricket has requested a postponement of the three-Test home series against South Africa scheduled for July and August next year, until 2014 or later, in order to accommodate a triangular one-day series. That tri-series, involving West Indies and India, is itself a rescheduled fixture, after Sri Lanka's two Tests in the West Indies that clashed with the end of the IPL were culled from the fixtures list.

Instead of touring the West Indies before the Champions Trophy in June, the tri-series will now take place after the Champions Trophy, meaning there is not enough time to play the Tests against South Africa before the SLPL is set to begin. CSA has said it is reviewing SLC's request, but they will have to weigh up broadcasters' interests before taking their decision.

"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."

The request to change the tour programme is a continuation of the SLC's recent trend of culling Tests from Sri Lanka's schedule. In addition to the Tests in the West Indies that have been scrapped, two Tests against India in July this year became five ODIs, and a Twenty20 and the three Tests scheduled for England in March became a two-Test series as the IPL approached.

SLC CEO Ajit Jayasekara said the SLPL "always had a window" in Sri Lanka's international schedule, and was not the reason SLC has requested the Tests to be rescheduled. According to the Future Tours Programme, South Africa's tour, which included five ODIs and three Twenty20s, would have begun early in July and ended late in August. The SLPL is likely to begin in early August.

While the dates of the Test series are as yet unclear, the two boards have agreed to play five ODIs and two of the three Twenty20s scheduled for the tour. Jayasekara said that given Sri Lanka will have recently played the Champions Trophy and the tri-series, it would be more beneficial for the team to play more limited-overs cricket, instead of doing away with the limited-overs matches to make way for Tests. If the three Tests are postponed, Sri Lanka only have four Tests scheduled between January and December in 2013, against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

South Africa last toured Sri Lanka in 2006 when they played two Tests; the rest of the tour was cancelled after the visitors pulled out due to security reasons.

Additional reporting by Firdose Moonda

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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Posted by DilumSL on (November 2, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

I believe making room for SLPL is a good thing coz we all saw it gives a good opportunity for youngsters. If SLPL was't theie we people will never know players like Akila, Munaweera, A. perera etc... but why waiting our test matches for IPL and CLT specially IPL. BCCI didn't allow Indian players to participate in SLPL and now SLC is postponing our test matches for IPL.. pathetic. We can't ask players to play for country instead of money that's a decision that they have to make. If senior players don't want to play in test matches let some youngsters to take that opportunity. then every one will be happy. I don't know whether there are some regulations which we can't do that

Posted by Haleos on (November 1, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

now people will blame IPL. fact is SL players earn big bucks in IPL and SLC is not brave enough to go against BCCI.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (November 1, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Shame for Lankan board. SLC r running after money like BCCI, PCB, BCB etc. They know IPL, SLPL & tri-series against INDIA will b more profitable financially. But it's not good for their cricket. SA is a top side & SL should take chance for playing Test against them at any season. Now they r postponing it for several months.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

Why, oh why, oh why??? A sad day for test cricket

Posted by lankan_cricket on (October 31, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

@LankanGOd. I think SA were coming to SL but I dont think anyone wants to watch test cricket in the flat tracks we have. One team scores 600 and the other boring

Posted by LankaGod on (October 31, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

I know India matches fuel TRPs, but this is more overkill than anyone wants. I wonder how BCCI agreed to another India v SL series. We blame the BCCI for all evils and now are killing tests ourselves! There is hardly a chance that we can win the series in SA but how often do we get that opportunity playing outside the subcontinent.

Posted by d1n0 on (October 31, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Really??? Yet another series with India is what SL needs? Can't believe we are throwing away a chance to play and learn in SA for another boring series with IND!!

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 31, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Silly decision, who cares about sl v india again... Administrators need to get their head screwed on and stop ruining test cricket..

Posted by   on (October 31, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

I support SL Cricket, but this is just ridiculous. Why change a 3 test series to a Tri-Series? I think the South Asians are trying to get rid of Test Cricket, as they have no hope of winning any matches. IMO, if the SLC keep on postponing test cricket for limited over games, the ICC should ban or punish them for a year or so.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (October 31, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Some of you guys think Sri Lanka having 4 test matches in 2013 is bad just look at 2012 now with teams Zimbabwe and Bangladesh combined only 1 between them. Test Cricket is in a very critical state and only looks to me that it belongs to Australia, India, South Africa and England. Without India really Cricket is nothing meaning the game would've been spread to numerous countries had India did not gotten full membership. What Sri Lanka is doing is unfortunate.

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