India will be hosting the South African cricket team from 29th September to 7th December in what will be the longest tour South Africa has ever had in India. Over the 72 days, there will be four Test matches, three T20 International matches, and five One Day International matches.
South Africa has never played a T20 International in India before, and will do so for the first time on Friday, 2nd October in Dharamsala. The last time that South Africa played a Test series in India was in 2010, and the last time the two teams played One Day Internationals in India was during the 2011 World Cup.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced the upcoming cricket tour earlier this week.
Haroon Lorgat, the Chief Executive of CSA commented on the upcoming Indian tour: “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.”
He also noted that the second Test match that will be played in Bangalore will be an important match. South Africa’s only Test series win on Indian soil took place in Bangalore in 2000. In addition to this, if AB de Villiers’ is fit to play, it will be his 100th Test match.
“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,” commented Lorgat.
Both India and South Africa are looking forward to what is expected to be an exciting cricket tour.