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India’s tour of South Africa may become significantly shorter or even cancelled if the proposed tri-series goes ahead
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced that they are working on scheduling an ODI tri-series with Sri Lanka and Pakistan in December if the national team’s tour of South Africa fails to go ahead.
The BCCI also stated that more details about the proposed tri-series would be revealed after the Asian Cricket Council meeting.
If a tri-series is organised, then the limited overs segment of Sri Lanka’s tour of the United Arab Emirates, where they are scheduled to play Pakistan, will be cancelled.
It would also mean that India’s tour of South Africa would have to be severely shortened or cancelled altogether.
Sri Lanka’s tour of the United Arab Emirates will consist of two Twenty20 Internationals, five ODIs and three Test matches.
The limited overs portion of the tour is set to conclude on December 27.
Meanwhile, with India already having confirmed a home series against the West Indies next month and a tour of New Zealand in January, Cricket South Africa really have no choice but to shorten their original itinerary of three Tests, seven ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals to two Tests, three ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International.
If the details of the tri-series are finalised, then India’s tour of South Africa would have to become considerably shorter.
The schedule for India’s tour of South Africa was revealed by Cricket South Africa in July, but problems immediately flared up since the BCCI did not endorse the itinerary.