A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: CSA have to sort out our series schedules properly, says Graeme Smith

Smith wants all future tour schedules to be sorted out in a more organised manner

South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith has called on the nation’s cricket board, Cricket South Africa (CSA), to sort out the scheduling mess of the national team’s upcoming tours.

Smith was unhappy at CSA’s decision to send the national team to Australia so early into their summer, and added that he was disappointed about not being able to play any prominent Test matches against the Australians, like they did in 2008-2009, at grounds like Sydney and Melbourne.

Instead, the Proteas will play their Test matches in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

After their series against Australia, the South Africans will return home to play New Zealand and Pakistan.

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Smith as saying: “It’s a tough one because our summer is our summer back home as it is here, It’s a productive period in South African cricket and people, our fans back at home, want to see us. It would be nice if the administrators could [talk]. Maybe Australia can come to us for a summer also, and mix it up like that?”

Smith was also quick to defend CSA’s decision to have the national team play a Twenty20 International rather than a Test match on Boxing Day this year.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a yearly thing, I think it’s going to adapt to who is touring as far as I understand,” Smith added.

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