Boxing Day Test to be reinstated by CSA

The Boxing Day Test match was replaced by the T20 International between South Africa and New Zealand at Port Elizabeth Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Johanessberg: Jun 7, 2012

Following protests from fans, Cricket South Africa has decided to bring back the traditional Boxing Day Test match.

We’ve clearly noted the concerns and it was heart-warming to see such a passion for Test Cricket being expressed,” CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul was quoted as saying by Reuters.

“It shows that there is still a great following for test cricket and that’s something we must not just take for granted. We made a mistake in not explaining the reasons for the move better,” he added.

The Boxing Day Test match was replaced by the T20 International between South Africa and New Zealand at Port Elizabeth.

The move was taken citing various reasons such as low crowd numbers, poor performances in recent years and a desire to allow players to spend time at home over Christmas.

Faul also added that the broadcasters were also unhappy about scrapping the traditional Test match.

“We’re going to have to take test cricket more seriously and I can see the Boxing Day test definitely being played again soon,” he said.