South Africa to tour India in September
South Africa are all set to tour India for a full fledged series, which begins on September, according to the joint release issued by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Monday.
The series, which lasts two and a half months comprises of three Twenty20 International games, five One-Day Internationals and four Tests.
The tour will begin with a T20 practice game on 29th September which will be followed by the three T20Is in Dharamsala, Cuttack and Kolkata played between 2nd October and 8th October.
This will also be the first time, South Africa will play a T20I against India in India.
The five-match ODI series will be played in Kanpur, Indore, Rajkot, Chennai and Mumbai between October 11 and October 25.
South Africa will have a two-day team building session in Goa on 26th October, which will be followed by a tour game against the Board President's XI in Mumbai before they move on to the first Test against India in Mohali on 5th November.
The second Test is scheduled to be played in Bangalore on 14th November, while the third Test kicks off on 25th November in Nagpur.
The Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi will host the concluding game of the tour starting on 3rd December.
CSA's chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, was pleased to make the announcement of the 72-day tour, which features a four-match Test series to be played between the two countries for the first time.
"This will be the longest tour that we have undertaken to India and the first time we will play a four-Test series," Lorgat said.
"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."
With no Test series scheduled for South Africa before this, AB de Villiers, who is two games short of featuring in 100 Tests, is expected to reach the milestone in the second game against India in Bangalore.
Lograt believes it will be a fitting tribute for the 31-year-old as he has a deep connection with the city, having been part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in Indian Premier League.
"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."
India v South Africa - 2015 Schedule
|29th September||T20 practice match||Delhi|
|2nd October||First T20I||Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharmasala|
|5th October||Second T20I||Barabati Stadium, Cuttack|
|8th October||Third T20I||Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|11th October||First ODI||Green Park, Kanpur|
|14th October||Second ODI||Nehru Stadium, Indore|
|18th October||Third ODI||Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot|
|22nd October||Fourth ODI||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai|
|25th October||Fifth ODI||Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai|
|30th October||2-day practice match||Mumbai|
|5th November||First Test||Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh|
|14th November||Second Test||M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore|
|25th November||Third Test||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur|
|3rd December||Fourth Test||Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi|
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