India’s Boxing Day Test against the Proteas has been ruled out as the Men in Blue would struggle to reach South Africa after their preceding series against Sri Lanka ends on December 24. Moreover, the second Test of the series, on New Year's Day, at Newlands is also in danger of being pushed back.
"We can't make it make it in time. The Sri Lanka tour ends on December 24. After
Once the series does get underway though, the Men in Blue are scheduled to play four Tests, five ODIs, and two Twenty20 internationals in the African country. But the BCCI
"I had been aware of the fact that they were unlikely to be there for Boxing Day, but for them not to be here for the New Year's Day is a major blow to CSA and the fans," Irish said. "To lose Boxing Day is a big thing, but to lose both of them would be
In response to India’s need to getting acclimatized to the conditions, Irish suggested that India could play a solitary two or three-day game ahead of the first Test, but the BCCI said that the team can’t be forced. The reason why CSA don’t want India to delay the series is that as soon as India depart, South Africa are scheduled to host Australia for a four-Test series before the players arrive in India for IPL 2018. Moreover, if CSA
"If the India Test matches start much after January 2 or 3, there will be a lot of concern about the players' workload. You really compound the workload issue," Irish added and CSA has made a note of his point.