Proteas announce plans for four-day Test

Frederick Owens
September 22, 2017

But it may also get an official nod next month.

Team India will land in the country after Christmas and will play 3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is on the tour which will be followed by a 4-Test series against Australia in March.

The move will probably have surprised many traditionalists, appearing nearly arbitrary and unilateral as there is no official global green light yet for any tampering with the current, decades-long principle of Tests being contested over five days.

In addition to the Bangladesh series, South Africa has proposed a four-day Day-Night Test against Zimbabwe at Port Elizabeth on Boxing Day.

The ICC Test match playing conditions presently dictate that matches shall consist of five days, but Tests of varying lengths have been staged throughout history.

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"So nothing (at this point) in terms of comment from us but this has all been part of ongoing conversations".

Originally, India were scheduled to travel to South Africa for a December-January Test series but that series now begins only on January 5, eliminating the Boxing Day Test.

The South African board is hoping that the ICC will grant the four-day game a full Test status. The rest of the itinerary is still to be worked out between the two Boards and remains unannounced at the moment.

"We have now finalised the fixtures for a very busy home summer of global cricket.The Mahatma Gandhi-Nelson Mandela Test series starts at Newlands on Friday, January 5 and will be a series to be watched as the number 1 and 2 best ranked teams in the world challenge for the Freedom Trophy", CSA chief Haroon Lorgat said in a news release.

After the Zimbabwe match, India will arrive and their home summer will end with Australia touring South Africa for four Tests.

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