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Cricket | South Africa

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Zim 'delighted' with Boxing Day invite



Zimbabwe Cricket chief executive Faisal Hasnain has expressed his “delight” at being involved in the inaugural four-day, day-night test against South Africa at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Boxing Day this year.

“We are delighted to be part of this historic occasion and grateful to Cricket South Africa for awarding us this opportunity,” Hasnain told supersport.com.

The Zimbabwean national team has made enormous strides in recent months which has included an ODI series win against Sri Lanka.

Former captain Brendan Taylor has rejoined the national team after a three-year contract with Nottinghamshire in the county championship and the nation’s cricketing star appears to be on the rise again after a decade of turmoil.

Hasnain says the four-day test format is also one for the future.

“It's a step in the right direction and is looking to the future. It allows teams to be more creative in trying to force a result in the time allowed. Captains will now have to consider very carefully when they should declare and batsmen will have to take into account the shorter time period and therefore the need to speed things up,” Hasnain said.

“Bowlers will also have to be more attacking to take 20 wickets in the shorter time period. I think it's got some very positive aspects.”

Zimbabwe will play the one-off test before the shortened three-test series against India which will start with a delayed New Year test at Newlands in Cape Town on January 5.

Official status for the test still needs to be ratified by the ICC. Official status for tests remains five days but CSA chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, said he was “confident” that the ICC will “be supportive.”



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