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South African cricket team in England in 1970 (proposed)

The South African national cricket team was scheduled to tour England over the 1970 English summer. However, the tour was cancelled after protests from the anti-apartheid movement.[1]

It was replaced by a Rest of the World team.[2]

South African squad

South Africa 


Revised tour schedule

The original tour schedule contained 28 matches. The Cricket Council, the governing body of English cricket, met at Lord's on 12 February 1970 when they decided to revise the tour programme, cutting it from 28 to 12 matches. Grounds at which the police would find it difficult to maintain order were excluded from the itinerary.[4] The fixture list was published in that year’s Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.[5]

Date Opponents Venue
6, 8, 9 June Southern Counties Lord's, London
10, 11, 12 June Northern Counties Trent Bridge, Nottingham
13, 15, 16 June Yorkshire Headingley, Leeds
18, 19, 20, 22, 23 June England (1st Test) Lord's, London
27, 29, 30 June Warwickshire Edgbaston, Birmingham
2, 3, 4, 6, 7 July England (2nd Test) Trent Bridge, Nottingham
11, 13, 14 July Surrey The Oval, London
16, 17, 18, 20, 21 July England (3rd Test) Edgbaston, Birmingham
25, 26, 27 July Glamorgan St Helen's, Swansea
30, 31 July, 1, 3, 4 August England (4th Test) Headingley, Leeds
8, 10, 11 August Lancashire Old Trafford, Manchester
13, 14, 15, 17, 18 August England (5th Test) The Oval, London


  1. ^ Martin Williamson, "When People Power Sunk South Africa", Cricinfo 1 October 2005
  2. ^ "The Silencing of South Africa's Greatest Cricket Side | Standpoint". Archived from the original on 24 August 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ Irving Rosenwater, "The South African Tour Dispute", Wisden 1971, pp. 128–41.
  4. ^ "Test Cricket Tours - South Africa to England 1970". Archived from the original on 1 November 2016.
  5. ^ Preston, Norman, ed. (1970). Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, 1970. Sporting Handbooks Ltd. p. 1083.

Further reading

  • Mark Rowe, Tour de Farce: Anti-Apartheid Protest and South Africa's Cancelled 1970 Cricket Tour of England (2020)
  • Arunabha Sengupta, Apartheid: A Point to Cover (2020)
  • Colin Shindler, Barbed Wire and Cucumber Sandwiches: The Controversial South African Tour of 1970 (2020)
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