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South Africa to host Australia, England tours in 2023, confirms Graeme Smith – Cape Town News

The Australia Test sequence, which was referred to as off in February final 12 months over considerations round Covid-19, is ready to be performed in August 2023 whereas England are scheduled to tour in the winter of 2022-23 to fulfill a 3-match ODI sequence that was postponed for comparable causes in December 2020, as per ESPNcricinfo report.

Notably, Nick Hockley, the chief govt of Cricket Australia, had additionally beforehand indicated {that a} window for 2023 had been agreed on by the 2 boards.

“England, I think, is around Feb-March next year and then Australia is in August 2023 to replace the [Test series postponed in 2021]. That will be announced sometime soon,” Smith stated when interviewed by the host broadcaster, SuperSport, in the course of the Cape Town Test towards India.

Not taking part in in the course of the pandemic has hit CSA’s backside line — the Australia cancellation resulted in losses to the tune of Rand 30 million (US$ 2 million) to Rand 40 million (US$ 2.6 million), whereas England’s withdrawal midway by way of a restricted-overs tour meant a US$ 1.5 million hit on TV rights.

The former South African captain admitted that with a lot white-ball cricket being performed these days, it is very difficult to reschedule a sequence misplaced due to Covid-19.

“With the series lost in Covid and the challenge is you have eight white-ball events in eight years now, you have got IPL extending — trying to fit your calendar cycle in is a great challenge for everybody. So you need to review, you need to stay with the times. And you need to make sure we keep putting South African cricket on the map,” Smith stated.

“Our team — both men and women — needs to be performing well and be recognised and people want to play us. But we need to make sure when things are happening in world cricket South Africa is at the forefront,” he added.

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