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South Africa to have their longest cricket tour of India in Oct

MUMBAI: South Africa will start their longest cricket tour of India with the first of three T20 Internationals on 2 October. In addition, there will be five ODIs and four Test matches, making it the longest tour to the country by the Proteas.

The tour will last for well over two months (72 days).

Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Haroon Lorgat said, “I am delighted to confirm, together with the BCCI, the Proteas’ itinerary for our tour of India later this year.”

“This will be the longest tour that we have undertaken to India and the first time we will play a four-Test series. 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.

He emphasised the importance of the second Test match in Bengaluru because it is where South Africa previously secured their 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,” he added.

Describing the India tour as ‘a landmark tour in the young history of CSA’, he thanked the BCCI for scheduling this ‘iconic tour’.