More SA Tests to be axed?

2012-10-31 10:57

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.

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  • jasper.jordaan.7 - 2012-10-31 11:11

    Easy, just don't let them cancel the tests. They need the green light from us to do so. So just say, sorry, we will be there, go get the pitch ready.

      faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-10-31 11:45

      Well I rather watch the grass grow anyway

      goyougoodthing - 2012-10-31 15:04

      Cricket is so corrupt who cares.

      CapeChappy - 2012-10-31 16:36

      The ICC should kick Sri Lanka out of the test playing nations if they feel so flippant about test cricket. See how seriously they are taken after that.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-01 05:06

      CapeChappy, that is a brilliant idea!

  • daleinn - 2012-10-31 11:21

    maybe , we should be doin the same... it looks like they are preparing for the next T20 and ODI world cups.. these tournaments have more favor , because there are no Test world cups.. ie.. till 2017 when somethin might pitch up. Also the (IPL formula) proves, that more revenues could be generated from the shorter formats of the game then the longer ones.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 11:26

      Hell no!!!!

      UNITY - 2012-10-31 11:50

      Can any experts, explain then why the mayan calendar for SA test cricket has been limited until 2015?

      daleinn - 2012-10-31 14:12

      @ Darren.peach ....."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" read the article ....

      darren.peach - 2012-10-31 14:57

      Ok. I see. Thanks man.

  • wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-10-31 11:22

    Test cricket is the best cricket, cancel T20's it's a useless format

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 11:38


      thando.gqabaza - 2012-10-31 12:47

      got my vote

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-01 05:12

      Agreed. T20 is baseball, and there is already a baseball compitition in the world.

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-10-31 11:39

    If you cannot play test cricket you cannot play cricket, after all that is the arena where your skills as a batsman and bowler is seriously tested.....

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 11:50

      Se hulle oom!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-01 05:12

      Test cricket is cricket. The rest can not be called cricket.

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-10-31 12:03

    Why dont they also shorten Major golf tournaments to just one round instead of playing over 4 days I agree that test cricket is a true test of a cricketers ability. T20 reminds me of wham bam thank you maam

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-10-31 12:06

    Surely there is too much of coloured cricket these days. Hope that the CSA stands firm. I cannot remember when we last met the Lankans in a test. Should be a cracker cos they have a top side.

      Johan - 2012-10-31 12:18

      If memory serves correct the last time we met them in their own backyard a few years ago was also the last time we lost a test series oversees. All the more reason not to cancel the test series!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-31 15:46

      Bad news is that Test Cricket might become "coloured" too, as day / night test cricket has been given the "green light". They may be trying a pink or yellow ball ? as white and red is not suited.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 16:38

      deon.louw.7505 That will be the end of Cricket as we know it, and a sad sad day!!!

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-11-01 00:02

      Or, as Jimmy Manyi may say, there will be an over-supply of coloured cricket in the world.

  • darren.peach - 2012-10-31 12:28

    Test Cricket is the only true form of the sport and this short stuff is just garnish....

      wesley.rousseau.58 - 2012-10-31 12:43

      hear! hear!

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-10-31 14:37

      Cricket is a rubbish dying sport, it's only really popular in the Indian & Pakistani areas because those people live in pure poverty and there is an abundance of people with nothing better to do so filling the fields with players is easy. Look at the poor turnouts of spectators for test matches and you will see how crickets popularity has slumped. They should scrap ODI's and test matches and change the T20 format to a T15 or even better T10 format , that way the game will be over quicker and it will keep the already limited attention span of the average sport fan occupied.

      darren.peach - 2012-10-31 14:53

      @ abra.kadaver.1. Dude, You seem scary. And Judging buy the tone of your message I will assume you are not a Cricket fan. Well, I am a sports Fan.....But I Skateboarded for 14 years as opposed to playing cricket, I was part of the Party scene for many years and I participated in many of the things that come with it. I am a avid reader, I also play Video games all the time. I am very Interested in Science and History. I love to mix Techno in my free time when the mood strikes me and I am a professional 3d artist by profession ( I grew up drawing all the time). Tell me, Do I fall into the category of what you clearly deem to be the Cliched sports fan ? I also watch Golf, Rugby,F1, Olympics.....I love film and my favorite genre is normally Zombies or Post Apocalyptic Sci Fi. Don't be so quick to judge strangers man.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-10-31 16:30

      Abra.Kadaver From your comments I take it that the number behind your name is your IQ. You seem to forget that cricket is also played in lots of other countries that never before played cricket. Please tell oll of us which "sport" you watch.

      jasper.benadie - 2012-10-31 16:40

      abra.kadaver.1 – how dare you speak of the holy sport like that, death row for you!!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-11-01 05:13

      abra.kadaver. Then go and watch baseball.

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