New Delhi, India (BBN)-In what will be one of the longest tours to India in recent years, South Africa will be hosted for four Tests, five ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals between September 29 and December 7.
The BCCI and CSA (Cricket South Africa) on Monday confirmed that the 70-day tour will start in New Delhi with a T20 warm-up on September 29 ahead of the T20I series, followed by the ODIs on October 11 (Kanpur), 14 (Indore), 18 (Rajkot), 22 (Chennai) and 25 (Mumbai).
The first Test will be held in Mohali from November 5-9, followed by Bangalore from November 14-18, Nagpur from November 25-29 and Delhi from December 3-7, reports The Times of India.
Prior to the Tests, the South Africans will play a two-day tour match against a Board President’s XI in Mumbai from October 30-31.
The T20Is will be played in Dharamsala, Cuttack and Kolkata.
This will be South Africa’s first Test series in India since early 2010, when a short two-match series was square 1-1.
The two teams last met on Indian soil in ODIs during the 2011 World Cup, with South Africa narrowly winning by three wickets in Nagpur.
They have never played a T20I in India.
South Africa are currently No 1 in the ICC rankings for Test teams, with India at fifth.
I am delighted to confirm, together with the BCCI, the Proteas’ itinerary for our tour of India later this year,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“This will be the longest tour that we have undertaken to India and the first time we will play a four-Test series. Both countries are now working to develop this into an icon series. Another first is that we will be playing our first T20 International match against India in India.
“Of note will be the second Test match to be played in Bangalore where the Castle Lager Proteas previously secured our only ever Test Series win over India in India in 2000. If all works out this will be AB de Villiers’ 100th Test match and it could not be a more appropriate venue as it has become AB’s second home through his involvement with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Being a landmark tour in the young history of Cricket South Africa, I wish to thank the BCCI for all the hard work that has been put in to scheduling this tour and I now look forward to the Test series becoming an iconic one.”
September 29: T20 warm-up, New Delhi Oct 2, 1st T20I, Dharamsala Oct 5, 2nd T20I, Cuttack Oct 8, 3rd T20I, Kolkata Oct 11, 1st ODI, Kanpur Oct 14, 2nd ODI, Indore Oct 18, 3rd ODI, Rajkot Oct 22, 4th ODI, Chennai Oct 25, 5th ODI, Mumbai Oct 30-31, tour game, Mumbai Nov 5-9, 1st Test, Mohali Nov 14-18, 2nd Test, Bangalore
Nov 25-29, 3rd Test, Nagpur Dec 3-7, 4th Test, New Delhi