India's first 2018 tour will hit the road right in the first week of January. South Africa is set to host India for a full format series. The tournament might begin from January 5. The first Test is scheduled in Cape Town. As per reports, the boards are trying to set a stage for four Tests, three ODIs and three T20 internationals. The fixtures are not finalized, it will be done only the last week of December. The present number of matches is as per ICC. India will host Sri Lanka in December and the series will end on December 24. Also, BCCI wants the team to have a short vacation after the series. Therefore, the tentative date of January 5 seems well calculated.
Cricket South Africa wanted India to start the tournament by January 4. This would have a better prospect of ticket sell out. However, BCCI pointed out CSA finalized the tour for Australia ahead of India. But the tour is in March. This has pushed South Africa's schedule to fit on a short time. BCCI said, CSA is trying to "fit everything within a short window." Also per Tony Irish, head of South Africa Cricketers Association, the players might have a hectic workload. Several tournaments, including the Boxing Day matches are on pipeline for team South Africa.
Per CSA Chief Executive Officer Haroon Lorgat, although CSA a trying for the matches in the first week of January, he understands the plights of BCCI as well. He said, there will be logistic problem to move the team without any gaps between the tournaments. In 2013 Summer, South Africa and India were scheduled to play four Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is. However, India curtailed the long tour causing considerable loss to CSA. This year, the board is trying to find new avenues to earn from the tournaments.
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