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NEIL MANTHORP: Moving iconic matches could come back to bite Cricket SA
Instead of undermining the confidence of those responsible for staging the most popular games, it might be a plan to use the New Year Test and Pink ODI as selling points and blueprints to be emulated
The great compensation for the thankless task of being a newspaper sub-editor is the right to put headlines on stories. It is a bonus if they are witty but more importantly they should be informative and attention grabbing. Last week’s one about the Wanderers “losing” the Pink Day one-day international (ODI) to another venue was very good. The first paragraph of the story also included the news that Newlands might also lose the right to host the traditional New Year Test. Even those with just a casual interest in the game had their heads turned. It has been in existence for only eight years but the Pink ODI could have been sold three times over for the past couple of years and the first two or three days at Newlands are always sold out. It is the board of Cricket SA’s collective responsibility to maximise revenue, of course, but encouraging bids from other venues to host these semi-iconic fixtures might be an extraordinary gamble. It would be like buying a multi-million rand busines...