South African fans force CSA to reinstate Boxing Day Test match this year

Johannesburg, Fri, 08 Jun 2012 ANI

Johannesburg, June 8(ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) has taken back its decision to scrap the traditional Boxing Day Test match in 2012 following rampant protests by the fans.

"We've clearly noted the concerns and it was heart-warming to see such a passion for Test cricket being expressed," Sports24 quoted CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul, as saying.

"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 2012 Boxing Day Test has been swapped by a Twenty 20 international against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth, with CSA citing low crowd numbers, poor performances in recent years and a desire to allow players to spend time at home over Christmas as reasons for the decision.

Faul said broadcasters were also discontented about the change, and added that the change would be a one-off.

"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.

Interestingly, the Proteas have lost their last four home Boxing Day Tests, against Sri Lanka, India, England and Australia. (ANI)



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