SA women to play England and Windies

Cricket South Africa will break new ground this coming season when they host double-header T20 International programmes that will feature both the Proteas and the national Women’s team.

Both sides will play England in two T20 International matches during England’s incoming tours by their men’s and women’s squads, while the women's team’s three T20 fixtures against the West Indies will coincide with the Proteas’ series against Australia.

"This is an exciting development especially for our women's cricket," commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. "It will certainly aid both our national teams in preparing for next year’s ICC World Twenty20 in India and will build the comradeship that already exists between them.

"With regular live TV coverage and bigger crowds, it will provide the ideal platform for our women’s team to raise its profile and to gain valuable experience in playing on a big stage.

"This development is not just important for our cricket but also for the overall profile of women’s sport in South Africa."

Danie van den Bergh, Head of Brand, Momentum commented: "We are very pleased that our women’s national team will have equal billing to showcase their talent as professional athletes. This gives their supporters and new audiences a chance to see them in action.   

"We thank CSA for coming to the party with this exciting initiative and for all their efforts to raise the profile of the ladies team. With the ladies now professionally contracted with full-time coaching staff it is no wonder that our team have steadily improved the last few years.   
"As we head into a month of celebrating and inspiring South African women, it’s great to know that young South African girls, like boys, can also dream about being a Protea and playing cricket for our national teams."