Cape Town – South Africa are expected to cram another limited-overs
series, against the improving New Zealand, into their burgeoning home programme
for the 2015/16 cricket season.
Sport24 understands that negotiations between Cricket South
Africa and their counterparts from that country are at an advanced stage for an
early spring visit here by the Black Caps, featuring matches in both the
one-day international and Twenty20 formats.
An announcement from CSA is thought to be imminent, possibly
even during the current third and final Test against West Indies at Newlands
The Black Caps are something of an awakening force in
international cricket, having just completed a 2014 calendar year that included
a record return for them of five wins from nine Test matches and series wins
against India (home) and West Indies (away), plus a share of the spoils with
Pakistan in the challenging United Arab Emirates.
Their five-day success could have a positive, spill-over
effect on their one-day game and they are tipped to be tough nuts to crack as
co-hosts with Australia of the looming World Cup.
New Zealand are understood to be touring South Africa in the
slightly unorthodox slot of early September (possibly even arriving late
August), which rules out such venues as Newlands, where winter rainfall
patterns would still be prevalent – expect the itinerary to be heavily laden
with games on the Highveld and in KwaZulu-Natal where conditions should be
warmer and sunnier.
The Proteas are now set for a truly bumper 2015/16 domestic
summer which will include first the Black Caps for one-dayers, then the
headline, prime-time England safari here – four Tests and various limited-overs
fare – and a late-season Australia visit (February/March) for further
It will be a great opportunity for CSA to recoup money on gate
takings after the damaging effects of last season’s slashed India tour, and
this season’s lone visit from the low-ranked West Indies.
After a lull of a few months following the 2015 World Cup in
Australasia, the Proteas return to action in late June with a three-formats
tour of Bangladesh, after which the New Zealanders will head for South Africa –
just ahead of Hashim Amla leading an away Test tour of India in October,
hopefully featuring four clashes if bilateral relations are suitably hunky-dory
after recent difficulties.
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