Test Cricket Tours - South Africa to India 1999-2000
Tour of India
official test tour
Test-playing tour of India
by South Africa
(February - March 2000)
Lance Klusener was given a
four-match ban after being involved in a quarrel with Zimbabwe's Guy Whittall
during a one-day game in Port Elizabeth but the sentence was suspended for
three months, so he was able to take part in this tour.
The tour management persuaded the BCCI to change its original
schedule which had the first Test in Bangalore and the second Test in Bombay,
Being able to spend the first 10 days in Mumbai and then having only one
flight between the first two tests has helped the players to settle in.
Skipper Cronje later admitted being in constant touch with Indian
bookmakers during this tour and of drawing other players into his match-fixing
activities. As a result he was eventually banned for life and Herschelle Gibbs
suspended for six months.
Fast bowler Makhaya Ntini joined the squad for the Sharjah leg of
the tour only. It was the first time Ntini has been picked for South Africa
since winning an appeal against conviction and a six-year jail sentence for
rape the previous year, a conviction which was overturned on appeal.
Allan Donald, 32, was initially
reluctant to tour India,
but he made himself available on 18 January after the United Cricket Board of
South Africa persuaded him to participate in the Test series.
Paul Adams was fit again after
breaking the middle finger of his bowling hand.
Test tour Party Announced :7 February 2000.
Not selected : Ashwell Prince and Charl Willoughby
Withdrawal:Paul Adams (injured again, trying
to save a boundary) withdrew on 12 February; Nicky Boje replaced him.
One Day Squad for India and Sharjah
announced:14 February 2000.
Dale Benkenstein, Neil
McKenzie, Steve Elworthy, Henry Williams and Derek Crookes would join the
squad for five one-day matches in India. Makhaya
Ntini would join the tour party for Sharjah only.
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(7 February to 16 February)
The 14-member Test
team left Johannesburg on Wednesday 16
February on a South African Airways flight, arriving in Bombay early on Thursday morning. They
waited three hours for the baggage to arrive, finally checked in to
their hotel at 3.15 a.m.
Time spent in India
(17 February - 20 March)
On-tour selection panel
Hansie Cronje (captain),Shaun Pollock (vice-captain),Graham
When four players returned home, as arranged, on the evening
after the Bangalore Test, injured Lance Klusener (ankle), Henry
Williams (shoulder) and fast bowler Mornantau Hayward (stomach muscle)
remained with the team.
Louis Koen came into the
one-day side in Indiain place
of Nicky Boje?, while Charl Willoughby came into the team for the Coca Cola
one-day series in Sharjah in place of Henry Williams who flew back home and
the ODIs in India. Willoughby
arrived in Sharjah early on Wednesday morning 22 March.
Board President's XI
WON 4 w
WON inns 71 r
Lost 3 w
Lost 6 w
Won 2 w
Lost 4 w
Won 10 r
§Sharjah (22 March)
Won 10 w
Won 3 w
Won 6 w
Lost 67 r
Pakistan(Coca Cola Cup final)
Lost 16 r
† not first-class
spent in India
before First Test:7
(17 February - 24 February)
Test appearances on tour
•Joining the tour allowed Allan Donald to
increase the 290 wickets he had taken in 67 Tests to 300.
Other first-class matches
Return to South
On the evening of 6 March after
the Bangalore Test four players - Dippenaar, Cullinan, Donald and Eksteen - returned
to South Africa.Boje (?)
The South Africans together
with the Indian team flew out of Mumbai on an Emirates flight, landing in Dubai on Monday
afternoon 20 March to take part in the three-nation Coca-Cola Cup Cricket
Tournament, The two teams were driven straight from the airport to Holiday
International hotel. The players wives
and girlfriends also arrived in Sharjah on Monday, giving the players a tonic
after nearly five weeks in each others’ company