Sri Lanka set to tour South Africa for two-Test series
Sri Lanka will travel to South Africa in December to play a two-match Test series. The Island nation will make a return to international cricket after a 10-month gap due to COVID-19 pandemic. Besides, the Test series against South Africa will begin on December 26. However, the details of the same are yet to be confirmed. Here is more.
Exact venues yet to be confirmed
The first match is set be played in either Durban or Port Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Cape Town will likely be the venue for the following Test. Notably, Cricket South Africa (CSA) recently hosted the Solidarity Cup at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
First Asian side to win a Test series in SA
Sri Lanka last toured South Africa in 2019, and became the first Asian side to win a Test series there. Middle order batsman Kusal Perera played one of the greatest Test knocks, that helped Lanka complete a historic run-chase in Durban. The next Test at Port Elizabeth saw the tourists clinching a rather one-sided victory (by eight wickets). They cleaned up the hosts 2-0.
Players from SL, SA to participate in Lanka Premier League
Most of Sri Lanka's players will be seen in the inaugural Lanka Premier League (T20 competition), starting November 21. From South Africa, the likes of Faf du Plessis and David Miller are among overseas players set to appear in the five-team tournament. Overall, a total of 23 matches will be played at two international venues - Pallekele International Stadium and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium.
England might also tour South Africa
Cricket in South Africa has been in hot water of late, due alleged instances of maladministration and malpractice. However, things might return to normalcy with England also showing interest in touring the nation. As per the tentative schedule, the sides will play three ODIs and as many T20Is. All the matches will be split between Newlands (in Cape Town) and Boland Park (in Paarl).