CSA announces fixtures for 2018-19 international season

New fixtures offer the abundant opportunity to South Africa to prepare for the 2019 World Cup.

South Africa all set for a very busy schedule next season | PTI

South Africa is all set for the bumper International home season in 2018-19, as Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced on Tuesday (5 July) the fixtures for the upcoming season in which the Proteas will play as many as 21 One Day Internationals before heading into the 2019 World Cup in England.

It will be certainly a great news for Faf du Plessis and his brigade that they will get more One Day opportunities to get well "fine-tune" for the mega ICC ODI event next year, especially after AB de Villiers’ retirement, as his absence will be really felt in the Protean camp in the 2019 World Cup. 

The bumper International home programme will begin with hosting Zimbabwe for the White-ball series in September-October.

Then, Pakistan will tour the rainbow nation for a full-series in December-February 2019. Proteas will also host Sri Lanka in mid-February for two Test matches at Kingsmead and St. George’s Park to be followed by five ODIs and three T20 Internationals.

They will also travel Sri Lanka for two Tests, five ODIs and one T20I next month as well as Australia for the White-ball series this October.

As per reports in CSA’s official website, Board’s Acting Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe commented on the fixtures, “We are pleased to announce the complete schedule of international cricket for our home season. It is going to be a very busy period and a very big one for our Standard Bank Proteas who will be using the programme of 13 ODIs against three different opponents in addition to the away tours to fine-tune their preparations for the 2019 ICC World Cup to be played in England and Wales commencing on 30 May next year.

Following the outstanding Test match cricket played by the Proteas during the past season, we can also look forward to plenty more world-class entertainment by our acknowledged stars during the five Test matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.”

Mr. Moroe signed off by saying, “By taking the Zimbabwe tour to some of our smaller venues we are also creating the opportunity for our fans around the country to see the Proteas in action. Our fans now also have the opportunity to make their holiday plans in good time so that they can watch the Proteas in action in their favourite formats.”

Here is the complete Itinerary for the 2018-19 season:

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2018 -

July 7-8: Two-day practice match, P Sara Stadium, Colombo

July 12-16: 1st Test match, Galle

July 20-24: 2nd Test match, Colombo

July 26: One-day warm-up match, venue to be confirmed

July 29: 1st ODI, Dambulla

August 1: 2nd ODI, Dambulla

August 5: 3rd ODI, Kandy

August 8: 4th ODI, Kandy

August 12: 5th ODI, Colombo

August 14: T20 International, Colombo

 

South Africa vs Zimbabwe 2018 -

September 30 : 1st Momentum ODI, Kimberley

October 3 : 2nd Momentum ODI, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein

October 6 : 3rd Momentum ODI, Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl

October 9 : 1st KFC T20 International, Buffalo Park, East London

October 12 :2nd KFC T20 International, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom

October 14 : 3rd KFC T20 International, Willowmoore Park, Benoni

 

Australia vs South Africa 2018 -

October 31: Prime Minister’s XI, Manuka Oval, Canberra

November 4: 1st ODI, Perth

November 9: 2nd ODI, Adelaide Oval

November 11: 3rd ODI, Hobart

November 14: T20 Tour match, Allan Border Field, Brisbane

November 17: T20 International, Gold Coast

 

South Africa vs Pakistan 2018-19 -

December 19-21: Three-day tour match v SA Invitation XI, Willowmoore Park, Benoni

December 26-30: 1st Sunfoil Test match, SuperSport Park, Centurion

January 3-7 : 2nd Sunfoil Test match, PPC Newlands, Cape Town

January 11-15 : 3rd Sunfoil Test match, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

January 19 : 1st Momentum ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

January 22 : 2nd Momentum ODI, Kingsmead, Durban

January 25 : 3rd Momentum ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion

January 27 : 4th Momentum ODI, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

January 30 : 5th Momentum ODI, PPC Newlands, Cape Town

February 1 : 1st KFC T20 International, PPC Newlands, Cape Town

February 3 : 2nd KFC T20 International, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

February 6 : 3rd KFC T20 International, SuperSport Park, Centurion

 

South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2019 -

February 13-17 : 10h00, 1st Sunfoil Test match, Kingsmead, Durban

February 21-25 : 10h00, 2nd Sunfoil Test match, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

February 28 : 10h00, One-Day tour match v SA Invitation XI, Willowmoore Park, Benoni

March 3 : 10h00, 1st Momentum ODI, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

March 6 : 13h00, 2nd Momentum ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion

March 10 : 10h00, 3rd Momentum ODI, Kingsmead, Durban

March 13 : 13h00, 4th Momentum ODI, St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

March 16 : 13h00, 5th Momentum ODI, PPC Newlands, Cape Town

March 19 : 18h00, 1st KFC T20 International, PPC Newlands, Cape Town

March 22 : 18h00, 2nd KFC T20 International, SuperSport Park, Centurion

March 24 : 14h30, 3rd KFC T20 International, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium


By Rashmi Nanda - 05 Jun, 2018

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