Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday announced the busiest schedule yet on the women’s cricket calendar, including two home international series for the Momentum Proteas women.
The national team will host Bangladesh in a three-match ODI and T20 series from 12 to 24 September 2013. The T20 series will take place in Potchefstroom, with Johannesburg, Benoni and Pretoria set to host the ODI series.
South Africa will then take on Sri Lanka from 18 October to the 4th of November in another three-match ODI and T20 series. All matches will take place in Potchefstroom.
CSA Senior Cricket manager, Max Jordaan, is pleased to see the national team playing a lot more cricket than before, especially with the ICC Women’s World T20 taking place in Bangladesh in a few months. “This year will be very special for our team,” he said. “For them to play two fully fledged national teams so close to the World T20 is great preparation for us.”
The South Africa women’s emerging squad will also be in action this summer. They will host the England women’s under-19 team from 11 to 19 October in Potchefstroom. This is the team’s first series on home soil. They have had more playing opportunities this past season than in recent years, having completed a tour to Zimbabwe and Tanzania. They will also play two 50-over warm up matches against Sri Lanka to cap off their preparation for the England tour.
Jordaan believes it is important for the players to get as much international cricket exposure as possible if CSA is to groom a new crop of competitive international players.
The fixtures for the CSA Women’s Provincial League have also been released. Western Province will defend their title against the country’s top provincial sides.
“We’re looking forward to it”, captain, Alexis le Breton said. “Our preparation is on track and we want to defend our title successfully.”
The league starts with Easterns taking on North West and Mpumalanga going up against Gauteng on 28 September.
SA vs Bangladesh
Bangladesh arrives on the 9th of September, same day as the CSA awards
Thu 12 Day 1st T20 Senwes Park Potchefstroom
Sat 14 Day 2nd T20 Senwes Park Potchefstroom
Sun 15 Day 3rd T20 Senwes Park Potchefstroom
Wed 18 Day One Day Warm Up Olympia Park Rustenburg
Fri 20 Day 1st ODI Sahara Willowmoore Benoni
Sun 22 Day 2nd ODI Bidvest Wanderers Johannesburg
Tue 24 Day 3rd ODI SuperSport Park Centurion
SA vs Sri Lanka
Fri 18 Arrival in South Africa
Tue 22 One Day Warm Up vs SA Emerging
Thu 24 Day 1st ODI
Sat 26 Day 2nd ODI
Mon 28 Day 3rd ODI
Thu 31 Day 1st T20
Sat 02 Day 2nd T20
Sun 03 Day 3rd T20
Mon 04 Depart from South Africa
SA Emerging tour vs England U19
Fri 11 1st Twenty20 SA Emerging England U19
Sun 13 2nd Twenty20 SA Emerging England U19
Mon 14 3rd Twenty20 SA Emerging England U19
Thu 17 1st One Day SA Emerging England U19
Sat 19 2nd One Day SA Emerging England U19
Mon 21 Warm Up 02 Sri Lanka England U19
Tue 22 Warm Up 03 South Africa England U19