South Africa to host England, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the men’s international programme of home fixtures for the 2020/2021 season including clashes with England, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan.
All the inbound tours will have significance in either the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League (CWCSL) or the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).
England, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan to visit South Africa
The Proteas international season will begin with a three-match T20I series and three-match ODI Series against England in Cape Town and Paarl.
Sri Lanka will follow the Three Lions with a two-match Test series to be staged in Centurion and Johannesburg. The fixtures will fall into the traditional Boxing Day and New Year’s Test match windows. This will represent the first time in many years that the New Year’s Test is not being played at Newlands.
Australia are set to arrive in February 2021 for a three-match Test series ending in March, while Pakistan are slated to round off the South African summer of cricket with a three-match ODI Series and a three-match T20I series in April 2021.
Complete fixtures for these tours will be announced by CSA in due course.
“We are delighted to announce the schedule of men’s international cricket for the home season,” commented CSA Acting CEO, Kugandrie Govender.
“It is an absolute pleasure to deliver more good news for our cricket-loving fans to consume, following last week’s confirmed tour against England and domestic season launch.
“The COVID-19 pandemic predictably forced many changes to the ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP) and the traditional sequencing of scheduling matches in South Africa this season.
“This is why I am particularly proud of today’s announcement.
“It comes as a result of many hours of dedication, negotiation and hard work by individuals behind the scenes to ensure that our fans have an exciting line-up of cricket to look forward to throughout the summer and, although the matches will be played behind closed doors, we will have enough entertainment to make them feel as though they are a part of match-day activities.
“It is an important season for all of the formats of our beautiful game, with players having a lot to play for no matter the team they are selected in. The T20 internationals will provide important preparation and a platform for selectors to monitor South Africa’s best ahead of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in October and November in India.
“The ODI series will play a vital part in our team’s chances of direct qualification for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and the Test series will offer a home ground advantage as our team looks to make headway in the ICC Test Championship points table.”
CSA consider touring Pakistan
CSA also confirmed that it has appointed a delegation that will perform a security assessment on the feasibility of the Proteas embarking on their first tour to Pakistan since 2007. The delegates are earmarked to depart for the country soon and will report back on their findings for the tour which is scheduled for early 2021.
“We continue to investigate the possibility of a historic return to Pakistan in the near future,” Govender added.
South African home summer 2020/21
Confirmed fixtures only.
England men’s Tour to South Africa
Friday, 27 November at 18:00 SAST (16:00 GMT)
1st T20I South Africa vs England, Newlands, Cape Town
Sunday, 29 November at 14:30 SAST (12:30 GMT):
2nd T20I South Africa vs England, Boland Park, Paarl
Tuesday, 01 December at 18:00 SAST (16:00 GMT):
3rd T20I South Africa vs England, Newlands, Cape Town
Friday, 04 December at 13:00 SAST (11:00 GMT):
1st ODI (CWCSL): South Africa vs England, Newlands, Cape Town
Sunday, 06 December at 10:00 SAST (08:00 GMT):
2nd ODI (CWCSL): South Africa v England, Boland Park, Paarl
Wednesday, 09 December at 13:00 SAST (11:00 GMT):
3rd ODI (CWCSL): South Africa v England, Newlands, Cape Town
Sri Lanka men’s Tour to South Africa
Saturday, 26-30 December 2020 at 10:00 SAST (08:00 GMT):
1st Test match (WTC) South Africa v Sri Lanka, SuperSport Park, Centurion
Sunday, 03-07 January 2021 at 10:00 SAST (08:00 GMT):
2nd Test match (WTC) South Africa vs Sri Lanka, Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
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