Proteas bumper pro­gramme an­nounced, Dur­ban snubbed

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

CRICKET South Africa (CSA) an­nounced a bumper pro­gramme of home in­ter­na­tional fix­tures for the 2019/20 sum­mer against Eng­land and Aus­tralia yes­ter­day. Eng­land will be the guests for the first part of the sum­mer from mid-De­cem­ber un­til mid-Fe­bru­ary and will play four Test matches, three One-Day In­ter­na­tion­als and three T20 In­ter­na­tional matches. Aus­tralia will ar­rive in mid-Fe­bru­ary to play three T20 In­ter­na­tional matches fol­lowed by three One-Day In­ter­na­tion­als. “This will be a huge sum­mer both for our Proteas, who are cur­rently ranked in the top three in all three for­mats, and for our fans who can look for­ward to ac­tion-packed and top-qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment against two of the pow­er­houses of world cricket,” com­mented CSA chief ex­ec­u­tive Tha­bang Moroe.

“The Test matches will take on par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance as this will be our first home se­ries in the ICC World Test Cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing our away se­ries in In­dia in Oc­to­ber.

“I am de­lighted also to an­nounce that we will be work­ing closely with SA Tourism around the Test host venues of Pre­to­ria, Cape Town, Port El­iz­a­beth and Johannesbu­rg to en­sure that this se­ries cre­ates a win-win sit­u­a­tion both for cricket and the South African econ­omy.

“The two T20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries take on ex­tra relevance as we start our prepa­ra­tion for the ICC World T20 to be played in Aus­tralia in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber next year.

“The Pink One-Day In­ter­na­tional against Eng­land at the Wan­der­ers Sta­dium will once again be a high­light of our ODI se­ries.

“Our fans now have the op­por­tu­nity to make their hol­i­day plans in good time so that they can watch the Proteas in ac­tion in their favourite for­mats,” con­cluded Moroe. — Sport24.

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