The opening day of the Board President's XI vs <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/south-africa">South Africa</a> warm-up fixture at the Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex, Vizianagaram was called off without toss on Thursday. <p></p> <p></p>The toss was delayed for the three-day tour match due to rain and with the conditions not improving thorough the day, the play was abandoned. <p></p> <p></p>With the national selection committee and the team management deciding to promote <a href="https://www.india.com/topic/rohit-sharma">Rohit Sharma</a> as an opener, keeping his spunky strokeplay in mind, the next five Tests could be a make or break for the 32-year-old stylish right-hander. <p></p> <p></p>One of the modern day greats in the white ball format, Rohit's average of 39.62 in 27 Tests, including three hundreds, doesn't do justice to his potential. <p></p> <p></p>Red-ball vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and the fast-rising Hanuma Vihari consolidated their middle-order slots with impressive performances in the West Indies and the only remaining option for Rohit was to bat at the top. <p></p> <p></p>The three-day game against the quality red-ball attack of South Africa, comprising Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Lungi Ngidi, will be a good dress rehearsal before the opening game in Visakhapatnam. <p></p> <p></p><strong>The Squads:</strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>Board President's XI:</strong> Rohit Sharma (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, AR Easwaran, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav <p></p> <p></p><strong>South Africa Test squad:</strong> Faf du Plessis (captain), Temba Bavuma (vice-captain), Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Senuran Muthusamy, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Vernon Philander, Dane Piedt, Kagiso Rabada, Rudi Second.