Cricket South Africa (CSA) are planning for the first-ever four-day Test match, a day-night game against Zimbabwe starting from Boxing Day this year.
There have been only five day-night Test matches in the history with South Africa taking part in one of them, against Australia in Adelaide last year. CSA are opting for hosting the first pink ball Test in South Africa.
CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat has informed that they will host Zimbabwe on the boxing day for one-off Test at St George’s Park. But the match will be of four days. However, an ICC approval is required.
“To ensure we do not disappoint our loyal fans over the traditional Boxing Day period and to take advantage of our brand-new lights at St George’s Park, we will host Zimbabwe in the first ever 4-day D/N Test match to be played. The Test status of the match is subject to ICC approval,” Lorgat said in a statement.
“This will give us a total of 10 home Test matches this summer against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, India and Australia, making this our busiest home Test season ever. The extensive revamping of our international grounds are on schedule and the D/N Test match promises to be a world-class experience for the players and fans.”
A four-Test series was scheduled between South Africa and India. Sri Lanka’s tour of India will end on December 24 while South Africa will host Australia from March 1. So the lack of time forces CSA to reduce one Test against India. India will play six ODIs and three T20Is on the tour.
“The time constraints faced by India have forced us to reduce the Test matches to three while increasing white ball cricket to six ODIs and three T20I matches,” Lorgat added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com