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Smith warns ICC about Big Three impact on Test future

  • Published at 08:07 pm February 15th, 2021
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Graeme Smith

England and India are set to meet in nine Tests this year, while Australia have already played the Indians at home and are also set for an Ashes series with England

South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith has warned the International Cricket Council that smaller member nations must get their fair share of Test tours against the so-called "Big Three" or face future domination of the Twenty20 leagues.

South Africa are smarting after Australia opted to pull out of a three-Test tour in March due to Covid-19 fears even though the hosts said they had invested a considerable amount of money to meet the visitors' lengthy list of medical safety demands.

It has left financially-stricken Cricket South Africa with a loss of revenue running into the millions of rands, and with no time to find another opponent to fill the void. 

They have written to the ICC to seek financial redress.

Cricket Australia interim chief Nick Hockley said the medical advice was not to travel

Posted by Sports Tribune on Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Tours between cricket's Big Three - India, Australia and England - remain on schedule for 2021.

England and India are set to meet in nine Tests this year, while Australia have already played the Indians at home and are also set for an Ashes series with England.

Smith’s believes the Future Tours Program, which sets out the cricket calendar for nations, has become too fluid with countries able to simply opt not to fulfil obligations.

Smith also admitted the relationship between South Africa and Australia has become "strained", and that attempts to reschedule the three-Test tour have so far met a dead-end.