Test Cricket Tours - South Africa to India 2007-08
Tour of India 2007-08Captain: Graeme Smith
official Test tour
Test-playing tour of India
by South Africa
(March - April 2008)
were six players of colour among the 14, in line with Cricket South Africa's transformation policy of having seven in a
touring squad of 15 or more players.
Charl Langeveldt gave up his tour place because he
believed Andre Nel's record merited a place in the team above him. "I
don't want to be put there because of my colour,"he said, and withdrew. He was included in
the ODI side to Bangladesh but shortly afterwards became a kolpak player in English county
This was the only tour to have three Test matches and
no side matches or one-dayers at all, apart from Australia’s
visit to India
in 1956. The reason was that originally it was part of the larger tour to Bangladesh so
warm-up matches had not been arranged.
Joubert Strydom (convenor
of selectors),Mustapha Khan and
Mickey Arthur (coach)was no longer a member of the national
Tour Party Announced :10 March
team was announced while the South Africans were still in Bangladesh.
Not selected : Johan Botha, Andre Nel
Withdrawal :Charl Langeveldt - he was
replaced by Monde Zondeki.
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(10 March to depart in Saf)
The South Africans originally planned to travel directly from Bangladesh to India
and play a practice match against India A. Mickey Arthur said that coming home allowed
the team to be refreshed and re-energised.
The team flew out from Johannesburg
on March 21 and arrived in Chennai next day.
The14th member of the squad, left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, did
not arrive until Wednesday 26 March as his partner gave birth to their first