Summer feast for cricket fans

2013-07-08 10:39
Proteas (AFP)
Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday announced a bumper programme of home international matches for the 2013/14 season against India and Australia.

The world-leading Proteas Test squad will play three Test matches each against both countries while the one-day squad will play seven ODIs against India, with the T20 squad playing two matches against India and three against Australia.

The India tour starts on November 18 and concludes with the third Test match at the Wanderers from January 15-19.

Australia start their tour on February 5 and conclude with the final T20 international match at SuperSport Park on March 14. Both teams will then fly directly to Bangladesh for the ICC World Twenty20 in 2014. The preliminary round starts on March 16 and the main competition on March 23.

“It promises to be a wonderful summer of hotly contested international cricket,” commented CSA Acting CEO Naasei Appiah.

“India are the current undisputed champions of 50 overs cricket and it was not that long ago that they briefly held the No 1 ranking in Test cricket as well. The Indian players have always been very popular in South Africa and their maestro, Sachin Tendulkar, has currently played 198 Test matches. It would be wonderful for his 200th Test match to be in front of a packed New Year’s crowd at Newlands.

“The last time he played a Test match there his battle with Dale Steyn thrilled a global audience.

“Any series between Australia and South Africa in any sporting code always promises a spectacle of note and a contest worthy of some of sport’s most famous moments. Australia will be battle-hardened after successive home and away Ashes series against England.

“The three T20 international matches at the end of the tour will provide perfect preparation for both sides for next year’s ICC World Twenty20.”

Ticket sales details will be announced in due course.

International home programme for the 2013/14 season:

India tour:

18 November: T20 Tour match, India v SA Invitation XI, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom (Day/Night)
21 November: 1st T20 International, Wanderers, Johannesburg (Day/Night)
24 November: 2nd T20 International, Newlands, Cape Town (Day)
27 November: 1st ODI, Kingsmead, Durban (Day/Night)
30 November: 2nd ODI, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (Day)
3 December: 3rd ODI, Buffalo Park, East London (Day/Night)
6 December: 4th ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion (Day/Night)
8 December: 5th ODI, Wanderers, Johannesburg (Day)
12 December: 6th ODI, Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein (Day/Night)
15 December: 7th ODI, Newlands, Cape Town (Day)
18-19 December: India v SA Invitation XI, Boland Park, Paarl
22-23 December: India v SA Invitation XI, The Oval, Pietermaritzburg
26-30 December: 1st Test match, Kingsmead, Durban
2-6 January: 2nd Test match, Newlands, Cape Town
15-19 January: 3rd Test match, Wanderers, Johannesburg

Australia tour:

5-8 February: Australia v SA Invitation XI, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
12-16 February: 1st Test match, SuperSport Park, Centurion
20-24 February: 2nd Test match, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
1-5 March: 3rd Test match, Newlands, Cape Town
9 March: 1st T20 International, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth (Day)
12 March: 2nd T20 International, Kingsmead, Durban (Day/Night)
14 March: 3rd T20 International, SuperSport Park, Centurion (Day/Night)

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