Cricket

More SA Tests to be axed?

2012-10-31 10:57
Jacques Faul (Gallo)
Cape Town – If the Sri Lankan authorities get their way, the Proteas will play no Test matches abroad during the South African winter of 2013.

They are due, in terms of the International Cricket Council’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) to tackle the Lankans in their own backyard in a three-Test series in July and August next year.

But Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has reportedly requested “postponement” of the series to 2014 or later, as it seeks to instead squeeze in a triangular one-day international series also featuring India and West Indies.

It is not the first time of late that SLC has sought to cull Tests from their national team’s schedule, and only seems to point further to the way the five-day game is being  elbowed to the margins of international schedules amidst the booming volume of limited-overs – and especially Twenty20 – activity globally.

Cricket South Africa’s acting chief executive, Jacques Faul, was quoted by the Cricinfo website as saying they were reviewing the request.

“We are not keen on cancelling Tests ... (such requests) go 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.”

The Proteas’ own involvement in the Test arena is in danger of shrinking even more, if the Sri Lankan request is agreed to, because already purists are lamenting the compressed nature of certain Test series featuring them – including supposed blue-chip ones.

The Proteas played only two home Tests against arch-rivals Australia last season, and are about to play three Down Under, and their successful tour of England earlier this year was also controversially restricted to three matches after more traditionally featuring four or even five.

A glance at the FTP roster indicates that Test fans have to wait until December 2015 for Graeme Smith’s side to next play a series consisting of a minimum of four Tests – when England visit our shores.

When India tour South Africa next season, the sides will seemingly lock horns 12 times across the three formats of the game, but again only three Test matches.

*Follow our chief writer on Twitter: @RobHouwing

Read more on:    csa  |  jacques faul  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
30 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

Which cricketer is currently of most value to the Proteas' Test team?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.