Champions League pushes Perth Test aside

Published: Friday, August 15, 2008, 11:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Twenty20 Cricket has become so powerful in Word Cricket that Champions League has forced next summer's Perth Test to be moved back almost a week.

With confirmation that the Champions League would be held from December 3-10, rather than in September as originally planned, the first Test at the WACA Ground has been pushed back five days to December 17-21.

The Proteas, who are second in the Test rankings behind the Australians after their series win over England, were also scheduled for a three-day tour match against Western Australia from December 6-8, but that has been changed to a two-day clash on December 13 and 14.

Domestic cricket fixtures in Australia will also be altered to avoid clashes with the Champions League, which will pit the best domestic Twenty20 teams from around the world against each other.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said the fixturing change was good news for cricket fans.

"We were pleased with the WACA reaction that the new playing dates offer local fans, including corporate groups wanting to entertain at the cricket, good dates for a pre-Christmas Test match," he said.

"We also took feedback from players that the changes could be accommodated without compromising what will be a de facto world Test cricket championship between Australia and South Africa."


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