Durban - Kingsmead is ready to host the much anticipated one-day international between South Africa and Australia on Wednesday, October 5, organisers have assured.
Cricket South Africa’s grounds consultant, Hilbert Smit, and Shelton Drainage Solution SA’s Roland Kugelmann worked together with groundsman Wilson Ngobese to ensure that the outfield for the ODI will of international standard.
This comes after the recent Test between South Africa and New Zealand had to be called off due to a wet Kingsmead outfield.
The current drainage system was tested again and was found to be operating effectively within specifications, KZN Cricket announced on Friday.
KZN Cricket acting CEO Rajesh Behari confirmed that the first phase of a new perimeter drainage system, to supplement the current system in place, has been completed, and that the new grass coverage on the outfield was now well established.
Behari, has urged fans to purchase their ticket for the clash early.
“An ODI between South Africa and Australia is a thrilling prospect for any cricket fan and we are really looking ward to hosting this important clash at Kingsmead on Wednesday, October 5,” says Behari.
“It promises to be another memorable international cricketing occasion in Durban and we look forward to our fans from throughout the city and beyond filling the stadium and contributing to the night’s wonderful atmosphere.”
ICC match referee Chris Broad will further inspect the outfield on his arrival before the match and will submit an independent report to the ICC.