Cricket South Africa’s director Greame Smith announced that the Australian Test match series has been scheduled for August next year. It was slated for February in 2021 but the nagging COVID-19 threat disturbed the schedule and it was postponed. Meanwhile, the English team can visit South Africa in December-January this year after the white-ball series was postponed in December 2020, again 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. 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.
Greame Smith, Director, Cricket South Africa