Cape Town - The fixtures for India's shortened tour to South Africa were
confirmed on Wednesday in a joint statement from Cricket South Africa (CSA) and
the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
worded statement followed months of uncertainty after the BCCI accused
CSA of prematurely releasing the original tour dates in July.
BCCI claimed it had never agreed to the proposed 12-match schedule,
which included three Tests, seven one-day internationals (ODI), and two
The number of matches was in accordance with
the Future Tours Programme (FTP) agreed by ICC member countries more
than three years ago.
After negotiations back and forth over the
past few weeks, the two parties finally settled on a revised itinerary
of two Tests and three ODIs.
"After the completion of our two
Test matches against India we will have a further three Tests against
Australia," CSA president Chris Nenzani said in the statement.
"This will allow all of our five premier Test match venues to host a five-day match.
would also like to assure all our stakeholders that we are working on
plans to fill the gaps in our international itinerary for the 2013/14
What Nenzani did not make clear was that Australia had
always been scheduled to tour South Africa in February, but Newlands in
Cape Town would lose out on its traditional New Year's Test, one of the
most popular events on the cricket calendar.
Kingsmead in Durban, however, would be celebrating the return of its Boxing Day Test which the venue lost out on last year.
was also reportedly in discussions with the Pakistan Cricket Board to
hastily organise a return series immediately after the two teams'
current contest being played in the United Arab Emirates - Pakistan's
"home" venue.India will arrive in South Africa on December 2.
India Tour Itinerary
December 5: 1st ODI, Wanderers (Day/Night)
December 8: 2nd ODI, Kingsmead (Day)
December 11: 3rd ODI, SuperSport Park (Day/Night)
December 14-15: Two-day tour match v SA Invitation XI, Willowmoore Park
December 18-22: 1st Test, Wanderers
December 26-30: 2nd Test, Kingsmead
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