India’s two-day tour game ahead of their three-match Test series in South Africa has been cancelled, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Monday.
The Indians have instead, as per CSA, opted for training sessions on those days.
“Please be advised that the two-day warm-up match for India at Eurolux Boland Park will no longer be taking place. India have opted for training sessions on those days,” the CSA said in a release.
No official reason has been given for the cancellation of the warm-up game but the change in schedule would mean that India will head into the Test series – starting January 5 next year in Cape Town – without a practice match.
Meanwhile, in a first, young pacers Mohammed Siraj, Avesh Khan, Navdeep Saini and Basil Thampi will be travelling with the Indian team to South Africa as net bowlers, a top BCCI official told PTI.
The idea is to help the visiting batsmen prepare well for the South African fast bowlers.
The timings for the day-night ODI matches have been changed too. All the games have been advanced by half an hour.
December 30-31: Two-day warm-up match, Boland Park, Paarl (Now cancelled).
January 5-9: @10h30 1st Test, Cape Town
January 13-17: @10h00 2nd Test, Centurion
January 24-28: @10h00 3rd Test, Johannesburg
February 1: D/N @13h00 1st ODI, Durban
February 4: Day @10h00 2nd ODI, Centurion
February 7: D/N @13h00 3rd ODI, Cape Town
February 10: D/N @13h00 4th ODI, Johannesburg
February 13: D/N @13h00 5th ODI, Port Elizabeth
February 16: D/N @13h00 6th ODI, Centurion
February 18: Day @14h30 1st KFC T20I, Johannesburg
February 21: D/N @18h00 2nd KFC T20I, Centurion
February 24: D/N @18h00 3rd KFC T20I, Cape Town