Proteas

Dates confirmed for Proteas women's home tour v Pakistan

2019-02-28 15:41
Marizanne Kapp
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Cape Town - Cricket South Africa announced the dates for the Proteas women's inbound tour against Pakistan in May of this year.

It will comprise a three-match, One-Day International (ODI) and a five-match T20 series across five venues from May 6 to 23.

The ODI series will be another opportunity for the home side to secure an additional and crucial six points towards their ICC Women's Championship (IWC) campaign following a hugely successful home tour against Sri Lanka this month.

Their series sweep ensured South Africa's rise to fourth place in the tournament log, edging them closer to their qualification goals for the 2021 ICC Women's World Cup in New Zealand.

The last time the sides met, South Africa emerged the winners by three wickets in their opening appearance of the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup in England. Before that, it was again the Proteas who were the 2-1 ODI series victors in Sharjah in the UAE, coming back fighting after losing the first fixture.

Pakistan have also enjoyed a successful start to the year, having recently secured a historic 2-1 series win against West Indies in Dubai. It was their first series win against the ladies from the Caribbean.

The T20 series helps both sides continue their preparation for next year's ICC T20 Women's World Cup in Australia.

CSA Head of Cricket Pathways, Corrie van Zyl said:

"After a successful home tour against Sri Lanka, we are pleased with the team's direction and welcome another challenging opponent to our shores in Pakistan. This tour will provide another ideal opportunity for the Proteas to contest for six the IWC points on offer towards direct qualification for the ICC Women's World Cup.

"Pakistan also come off the back of a successful and historic series win against West Indies, so it will be a very competitive tour and we look forward to seeing how our ladies execute some of the identified areas of improvement that will stand them in good stead in future ICC and bilateral events, as well as their objective of becoming one of the best teams in the world.

"Game time to hone skills is critical but more importantly, honing and improving skills that will assist in producing winning performances on a consistent basis against the world's best teams is what we aim for and this will be another fantastic opportunity for us to measure ourselves against that objective. We wish our team all the best and look forward to watching them make further inroads towards their goals."

Itinerary:

May 6, 1st Women's ODI - South Africa v Pakistan at Senwes Park
May 9, 2nd Women's ODI -South Africa v Pakistan at Senwes Park
May 12, 3rd Women's ODI - South Africa v Pakistan at Willowmoore Park

May 15,  1st Women's T20I - South Africa v Pakistan at Tuks Oval
May 18, 2nd Women's T20I - South Africa v Pakistan at Pietermaritzburg Oval
May 19, 3rd Women's T20I - South Africa v Pakistan at Pietermaritzburg Oval
May 22, 4th Women's T20I -  South Africa v Pakistan at Willowmoore Park
May 23, 5th Women's T20I - South Africa v Pakistan at Willowmoore Park

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