South Africa were scheduled to play three Test matches in Sri Lanka in July. But both the boards have decided to compensate one Test match for five-match ODI series and T20I.
It is the not the first time that a Test to be played between South Africa and Sri Lanka have got postponed or scrapped for limited-overs matches. However, the reasons for the decision looks purely commercial.
The cricket board will lose lots of money on all Test tours not involving India, England, Australia and Pakistan. It made Sri Lankan board shift the schedule to accommodate more profitable ODIs and T20 Internationals.
The tour will now begin on July 12 with the first Test scheduled in Galle. The second Test match will then be played at SSC stadium, Colombo. Just before the tournament, the Sri Lankan team are scheduled to play in the Caribbean.
They will just return home, two weeks before the Test series against South Africa. The ODI series will begin on July 29 in Dambulla and then moves to Pallekele. The final ODI will be played in R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Then the attention moves to the one-off T20 international which will also be played at the same stadium.
Sri Lankan Cricket In Transition
The Test against South Africa will provide one more great opportunity for the youngsters to compete with the best.
The Sri Lankan cricket is currently in the period of transition and with a new coach and new selection committee, expect the team to be getting better with each series in the coming months.
They might not even win the series against South Africa, but they could compete and learn many things. It will help their cricket in the longer run. Sri Lankan cricketers would surely take a lot of confidence from the tiny things they can do to win against a top class side like South Africa.
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