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CSA agrees to SL request

2012-10-31 17:27

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Wednesday that it had accepted a request from Sri Lanka Cricket to split the 2013 tour to accommodate them.

The Sri Lanka v South Africa Test series will now take place in May/June, 2015. The Proteas will still fulfil their obligation to play five ODIs and three T20 International matches in 2013.

“We have acceded to the request for two reasons,” commented CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul. “In the first place we have a very good relationship with Sri Lanka Cricket and we have done our best to assist them. In the second place it actually works out quite well for the Proteas in handling their workload effectively.

“Had we proceeded with the Test series in Sri Lanka next year it would have meant that the Proteas would have played 11 Test matches between July, 2013, and March, 2014. In addition they would have had no break between the start of the ICC Champions Trophy on May 27, 2013, and the end of the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh in April, 2014. The re-scheduling of the Test series means that the Proteas will now have a three-week break between the Champions Trophy and the limited overs series in Sri Lanka.

“The matter has been discussed with the Proteas team management as well and it has been agreed that this is the best way forward both for CSA and Sri Lanka Cricket. The Proteas will now undertake their Test tour of Sri Lanka in June, 2015, before they move on to Bangladesh in July as part of the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP).

“I would like to stress that there was never ever any question of the Test series against Sri Lanka not happening. The status of Test cricket is paramount as far as we are concerned. We retain the same number of Tests as far as the (FTP) is concerned until 2019/2020,” concluded Faul.
 

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Comments
  • Johan - 2012-10-31 18:08

    Now why would they do this?

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-10-31 20:21

    Good, now we can watch Banyana Banyana, iso the grass growing

  • thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-31 20:35

    The good news is now the tests will be in 2015!!! Tell that to the players who won't be around and missed out on a test pay-cheque!!!!!!!!!!

  • daleinn - 2012-10-31 21:01

    Too much cricet being played? um.... yeah right.. with IPL priorities and player been placed into other formats , in which they dont perform .. you can be guaranteed the standards will drop... it would be nice if CSA ..could take all into account, when putting players in for the squad that complain of playing too much cricket.. one thing is certain, there are plenty of talented cricketers that are being sidelined for selection because of a limited tour program

  • mai.penrai1 - 2012-11-01 05:28

    Typical - whatever Asians want in cricket, they get! No wonder they did not want John Howard as ICC CEO!

  • gerald.smith.9041083 - 2012-11-01 08:22

    This is simply ludicrous. Test cricket IS CRICKET. The other formats are just money making entertainment. I don't see why Tests must now take the back seat. Is this maybe the beginning of the end of Test cricket? Heaven help us.

      nick.armstrong.1800 - 2012-11-01 09:47

      Agreed Gerald - 100%! Test cricket is cricket - but these f#ckin spineless twerps at the CSA and the ICC are bending over backwards to accommodate anything and everything the Asian nations want - in THEIR quest for ever-more T20 RUBBISH!! I, personally, am sick and tired of the IPL, then it's the Champions League - then it's some other rubbish T20 series - all in the name or more money.. Test cricket, and then ODI's - is what cricket IS. T20's are a hit and a giggle rubbish. I don't watch the IPL and that rubbish anymore - it is MEANINGLESS to any cricket fan outside of Asia. A pay cheque for the players - meaningless, insignificant, rubbish to the rest of the globe. Oh - and by the way CSA - you spineless, pathetic, wimps - why didn't you agree to postpone the ODI's and T20's instead until 2015 - and play the Test series in 2013...??? What has suddenly cropped up since the ICC drew up the International tours schedule and now - that all of a sudden Sri Lanka have to cancel the Test series...?? I am so sick and tired of the lapdogs that administer the game pandering to the needs of the Asian teams - that it is now time that we support every other team - Australia; West Indies; England, and New Zealand (as well as the Proteas of course) - against these f#ckin Asian teams!! It's time they learnt cricket is NOT all about their needs!!!

  • darren.peach - 2012-11-01 10:13

    Its a shame, I love Test Cricket so much and You cant help feeling that it is being sidelined for money. How can you compare anything to what happened down in OZ when we beat them. I love Test Matches and ODI`s but this T20 stuff is rubbish.

      darren.peach - 2012-11-01 11:51

      @ News 24 and Sports 24. I don't know if you noticed but you are getting folks creating fake accounts under assumed names making comments. This particular account ( malan.coetzee.5 ) was opened on Monday and I doubt that the intentions of this post are to comment on your article but rather to troll and stir on your comments section. Please can you make sure that this stops, Its making your website look unprofessional and is tarnishing you image.

  • ebrahim.floris.7 - 2012-11-01 10:27

    I Don't mind T20,but keep it at domestic level and leave national teams to engage in pure Cricket

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