Cricket South Africa Reveals Home Schedule Ahead of 2019 World Cup
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced its programme of home-bound international fixtures for the 2018-19 season. In addition, the hosts will face Zimbabwe, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka respectively.
However, the international season is scheduled to kick-off with the three-match series against Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, the Proteas will play both white-ball cricket from the end of September to the middle of October.
Well, South Africa will then host Pakistan with Centurion hosting the opening Test match, starting on Boxing Day. Newlands will host the next Test match followed by the third and final Test in Wanderers in mid-January.
Meanwhile, following the Test series, they will play five One-day Internationals and three T20 International matches.
Post that, Sri Lanka will also tour the Rainbow Nation in mid-February with Test matches being played at Kingsmead and St. George’s Park followed by five ODIs and three T20 Internationals.
However, Acting Chief Executive of Cricket South Africa (CSA), Thabang Moroe expressed his excitement after announcing the full schedule.
“It is going to be a very busy period and a very big one for our Proteas who will be using the programme of 13 ODIs against three different opponents in addition to the away tours to fine-tune their preparations for the 2019 ICC World Cup to be played in England and Wales commencing on May 30 next year,” he said.
But, Moroe believes the hosts would be eyeing to deliver big. Similarly, he is expecting to have another exciting season for the spectators.
“Following the outstanding Test match cricket played by the Proteas during the past season we can also look forward to plenty more world-class entertainment by our acknowledged stars during the five Test matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka,” Moroe added.
Furthermore, Moroe also cited the reason for playing against Zimbabwe. Further, he admitted that they want to take games to the smaller venues to create opportunities for all fans to watch Proteas in action.
ZIMBABWE TOUR ITINERARY 2018:
September 30, 1st ODI, Diamond Oval, Kimberley
October 3, 2nd ODI, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein
October 6, 3rd ODI, Boland Park, Paarl
October 9, 1st T20 International, Buffalo Park, East London
October 12, 2nd T20 International, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
October 14, 3rd T20 International, Willowmoore Park, Benoni
PAKISTAN TOUR ITINERARY 2018/19:
December 19-21, Three-day tour match v SA Invitation XI, Willowmoore Park, Benoni
December 26-30, 1st Test match, SuperSport Park, Centurion
January 3-7, 2nd Test match, Newlands, Cape Town
January 11-15, 3rd Test match, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
January 19, 1st ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
January 22, 2nd ODI, Kingsmead, Durban
January 25, 3rd ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion
January 27, 4th ODI, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
January 30, 5th ODI, Newlands, Cape Town
February 1, 1st T20 International, Newlands, Cape Town
February 3, 2nd T20 International, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
February 6, 3rd T20 International, SuperSport Park, Centurion
SRI LANKA TOUR ITINERARY 2019:
February 13-17, 1st Test match, Kingsmead, Durban
21-25, 2nd Test match, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
February 28, One-Day tour match v SA Invitation XI, Willowmoore Park, Benoni
March 3, 1st ODI, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
March 6, 2nd ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion
March 10, 3rd ODI, Kingsmead, Durban
March 13, 4th ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
March 16, 5th ODI, Newlands, Cape Town
March 19, 1st T20 International, Newlands, Cape Town
March 22, 2nd T20 International, SuperSport Park, Centurion
March 24, 3rd T20 International, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium