Kingsmead loses Boxing Day Test

2014-02-25 00:00

KINGSMEAD has again been stripped of what used to be the traditional Boxing Day Test match against whatever opposition were touring over that time.

In 2012, when New Zealand were touring, a T20 international a few days before Christmas was Durban’s festive season gift as far as international cricket was concerned, before normality returned with the Test against India last year.

Jesse Chellan, CEO of KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union, said he was disappointed with the decision and could see no reason why the Test had been moved to St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.

“I have had no particular reason for the decision from Cricket South Africa (CSA) and have only received a general press release informing me of the move,” he said yesterday. “I will take the matter up with CSA, and get to the core of the matter and see why this has transpired.”

Chellan said he was satisfied with the Boxing Day Test in December last year, especially the first two days.

“I thought attendance on those days was better than average for Kingsmead,” he said.

“After that, we had intense heat that, without much shade, possibly kept spectators away. Still, looking at the attendance figures for the whole Test, we were not worse off than the other grounds in the country, bar Cape Town that always draws big crowds. I was happy overall and am, to put it mildly, disappointed we have lost a great event on the KZN sporting calendar.”

It’s a sad state of affairs and one can imagine what an outcry, a national crisis, it would be if Cricket Australia took the Boxing Day Test away from the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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