South Africa will play four Test matches in India for the first time as part of their longest ever tour to the sub-continent later this year, the country’s cricket board announced on Monday.
The Proteas will also play five One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 matches between Oct. 2 and Dec. 7 in what has been described as a landmark tour by Cricket South Africa (CSA).
“This will be the longest tour that we have undertaken to India and the first time we will play a four-Test series,” CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.
“Both countries are now working to develop this into an icon series. Another first is that we will be playing our first Twenty20 International match against India in India.”
If fit, leading South African batsman AB de Villiers will play his 100th Test in Bangalore, a city he represents in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition.
South Africa have drawn their previous two Test series in India, the last in 2010, but did claim a 2-0 series win in 2000, their only success in five visits since readmission to international cricket in 1992.
Oct. 2: 1st T20, Dharamshala
Oct. 5: 2nd T20, Cuttack
Oct. 8: 3rd T20, Kolkata
Oct. 11: 1st ODI, Kanpur
Oct. 14: 2nd ODI, Indore
Oct. 18: 3rd ODI, Rajkot
Oct. 22: 4th ODI, Chennai
Oct. 25: 5th ODI, Mumbai
Nov. 5-9: 1st Test, Mohali
Nov. 14-18: 2nd Test, Bangalore
Nov. 25-29: 3rd Test, Nagpur
Dec. 3-7: 4th Test, Delhi