CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today announced the Franchise fixtures for all three domestic competitions for the 2014/15 season.
“With the ICC Cricket World Cup taking place next year February and March, we have scheduled the Momentum One-Day Cup to start as usual in October but the final rounds of league competition and the knock-out phase will take place in January and February 2015,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“This will allow our national players the opportunity to play competitive 50-over cricket before they depart for Australasia.
“As a result the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge will take place in November and December and again there will be opportunities in the latter stages of this tournament for those Proteas not involved in the Sunfoil Test Series against the West Indies to show their skills.
CSA declared last season’s triple-header at the Cell C Festival of Cricket a huge success and has decided to repeat the concept. The opening round of league play in the RAM SLAM will be a triple-header at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium in November, there will be another triple-header round at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead and the penultimate round will be a third triple-header at Bloemfontein’s Chevrolet Park.
“The triple-header T20 fixture was exciting for both players and fans and we will repeat this concept on a rotational basis across the country.”
The season will start and finish with the Sunfoil Series with the opening rounds being played at the end of September involving those Franchises not involved in the Champions League T20 Tournament in India.
CSA has also added a third KFC T20 International match against the West Indies who tour South Africa at the end of the year. This will be played at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on 14 January 2015 starting at 18h00. CSA had previously announced two T20 matches against the West Indies.
“We are grateful to the West indies for agreeing to a KFC T20 series of three matches.” concluded Lorgat.