CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) on Monday announced a bumper programme of home international matches for the 2013/14 season against India and Australia.
The world-leading Proteas Castle Lager Test squad will play three Sunfoil Test matches each against both countries while the Proteas Castle Lager ODI squad will play seven Momentum ODI’s against India and the Proteas Blue Label T20 squad will play two KFC T20 International matches against India and three against Australia.
The India tour starts on 18 November and concludes with the third Sunfoil Test match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium from 15 to 19 January. Australia start their tour on 5 February and conclude with the final KFC T20 International match at SuperSport Park on 14 March. Both teams will then fly direct to Bangladesh for the ICC World Twenty20 2014. The preliminary round starts on 16 March and the main competition on 23 March.
“It promises to be a wonderful summer of hotly contested international cricket,” commented CSA Acting CEO Naasei Appiah. “India are the current undisputed champions of 50 overs cricket and it was not that long ago that they briefly held the No. 1 ranking in Test cricket as well. The Indian players have always been very popular in South Africa and their maestro, Sachin Tendulkar, has currently played 198 Test matches. It would be wonderful for his 200th Test match to be in front of a packed New Year’s crowd at Sahara Park Newlands.
“The last time he played a Test match there his battle with Dale Steyn thrilled a global audience.
“Any series between Australia and South Africa in any sporting code always promises a spectacle of note and a contest worthy of some of sport’s most famous moments. Australia will be battle-hardened after successive home and away Ashes series against England.
“The three KFC T20 International matches at the end of the tour will provide perfect preparation for both sides for next year’s ICC World Twenty20.”
Ticket sales details will be announced in due course.
INTERNATIONAL HOME PROGRAMME 2013/14
18 November: T20 Tour match, India v SA Invitation XI, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom (Day/Night)
21 November: 1st KFC T20 International, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day/Night)
24 November: 2nd KFC T20 International, Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town (Day)
27 November: 1st Momentum ODI, Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban (Day/Night)
30 November: 2nd Momentum ODI, Axxess St. George’s, Port Elizabeth (Day)
3 December: 3rd Momentum ODI, Buffalo Park, East London (Day/Night)
6 December: 4th Momentum ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion (Day/Night)
8 December: 5th Momentum ODI, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day)
12 December: 6th Momentum ODI, Chevrolet Park, Bloemfontein (Day/Night)
15 December: 7th Momentum ODI, Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town (Day)
18-19 December: India v SA Invitation XI, Boland Park, Paarl
22-23 December: India v SA Invitation XI, The Oval, Pietermaritzburg
26-30 December: 1st Sunfoil Test match, Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban
2-6 January: 2nd Sunfoil Test match, Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town
15-19 January: 3rd Sunfoil Test match, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
5-8 February: Australia v SA Invitation XI, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
12-16 February: 1st Sunfoil Test match, SuperSport Park, Centurion
20-24 February: 2nd Sunfoil Test match, Axxess St. George’s, Port Elizabeth
1-5 March: 3rd Sunfoil Test match, Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town
9 March: 1st KFC T20 International, Axxess St. George’s, Port Elizabeth (Day)
12 March: 2nd KFC T20 International, Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban (Day/Night)
14 March: 3rd KFC T20 International, SuperSport Park, Centurion (Day/Night)