On March 4, 2018, the cricket board of Sri Lanka and South Africa announced that the team has been reworked into a two-test series, five ODIs and a one-off T20I. SA will travel to Sri Lanka and the tour will start from July 12 with the first Test taking place in Galle whereas second in Colombo from 20th to 24th July. On 14th August there will be a single Twenty20 International played in Colombo.
It will be SA’s sixth tour to Sri Lanka and the team earlier claimed series success in 1993 and 2014. Cricket South Africa CEO, Thabang Moroe said that the tour will be important for both the team.
Thabang said, “This will be a very important tour for us. We have a lot of exciting, young players coming into our side in all three formats and, with so much of our international cricket being played on the subcontinent these days it is important they get used to those conditions as soon as possible.”
Thabang Moroe said, “Many cricketers will get less chance and indeed some none.” Further, he added, “For instance, we can look forward with tremendous anticipation to the performances of our leading Test match spinner, Keshav Maharaj, who has yet to play a Test on the subcontinent.”
The source information specified that the tour schedule had included three tests however SLC requested one of these to be supplanted by extended limited overs that are even more economically feasible.