CSA explains Boxing Day issue

2012-06-05 21:57

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has explained its decision to replace the traditional Boxing Day Test with a Twenty20 international for the 2012-13 home season.

South Africa will not, as was the norm, host a five-day Test over the period between December 26 and 30.

Instead, the Proteas will play a Twenty20 daytime international against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth on December 26 - the last of three contests between the two in that particular format after pre-Christmas games in Durban (December 21) and East London (December 23). 

"We would like to clarify the Boxing Day Test issue that many fans are upset about. According to the ICC Future tours programme, the Proteas were only ever scheduled to play two Tests against New Zealand. The Boxing Day Test has not been replaced or cancelled in favour of T20 cricket for good, we will have Test matches from the beginning of January. There will be the normal five Tests. The scheduling is just slightly different. We may revert to a Boxing Day Test next season," a statement from CSA read.

However, CSA did admit that the Durban Test during that time has proven problematic over the years.

"The fact is that the Proteas have performed very poorly in Boxing Day Tests. The last time they won a Test at Kingsmead was against the West Indies in 2008 when the Test was moved to the end of January and the Proteas won easily. We have only won two out of our last 10 Christmas Test matches in South Africa."

The key Proteas home dates for 2012/13:

New Zealand tour:

December 21: 1st T20I, Durban
December 23: 2nd T20I, East London
December 26: 3rd T20I, Port Elizabeth

January 2-6: 1st Test, Cape Town
January 11-15: 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth

January 19: 1st ODI, Paarl
January 22: 2nd ODI, Kimberley
January 25: 3rd ODI, Potchefstroom

Pakistan tour:

February 1-5: 1st Test, Johannesburg
February 14-18: 2nd Test, Cape Town
February 22-26: 3rd Test, Centurion

March 1: 1st T20I, Durban
March 3: 2nd T20I, Centurion

March 10: 1st ODI, Bloemfontein
March 15: 2nd ODI, Centurion
March 17: 3rd ODI, Johannesburg
March 21: 4th ODI, Durban
March 24: 5th ODI, Benoni


  • drerossouw - 2012-06-05 22:07

    What am I going to watch while it is raining outside? Now I will have to go on holiday. This is a plot to send Gautengers to Capetown or KZN.

      david.w.daniels.7 - 2012-06-05 22:45

      It's no plot... Cape Town matchs are always full house of home fans(WC)!

  • GrandMasterFlasch - 2012-06-05 22:35

    CSA dropped the ball on this one ,no boxing day test match

  • Jaco - 2012-06-05 22:49

    T20 is popcorn, its losing appeal and is definitely not going to save cricket. Awesome test cricket will win. This is a shame...!

  • mazwi.zuma - 2012-06-05 23:32

    Talk about commercialism taking over. This 20/20 is over rated. CSA and ICC are bowing to the powerful Indian board.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-06-06 07:50

      absolutely!! The bloody BCCI runs the show, ICC don't have a pair to tell BCCI where to put their IPL nor a brain to come up with any meaningful solutions to the games problems. The irony is that the Indians are killing the game they love so much

  • Koos - 2012-06-06 05:20

    They are used to not winning the test so they scap it.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-06-06 07:52

      Like a 4 year old who doesn't "want to play anymore"

  • Gert - 2012-06-06 07:37

    Good opportunity for the players to spend this time with their loved ones for a change. I know that working during the festive season is part of the job, like it is in many other jobs ie retail and law enforcement, but I think the players will appreciate this rare opportunity.

  • Maxine - 2012-06-06 09:30

    is is a shocker! You can't cancel things you don't play well in! Imagine the all blacks boycotted the world cup because they hadn't won in 24 years?!

  • Sabiha - 2012-06-06 11:53

    so its sad for us the fans who support the guys win or lose the match,what to do will just have to stay at home,but i guess csa is looking out for the interest / benefit -for the players.

  • Bradley Craig Naidoo - 2012-06-06 13:08

    So by the same reasoning, the Proteas should not play in any world cups either, 'cos they also don't win those...

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