England men’s cricket team is set to visit South Africa for limited-overs series behind closed doors from next month. Both boards have agreed to the travel plans and the ECB official said that the idea is to “keep international competition progressing during this pandemic”.
England to visit SA
England will be playing three T20Is and three ODIs behind closed doors in Cape Town and Paarl from next month. Cricket South Africa (CSA) approved the plans with the South African government earlier this week and granted permission regarding England men’s cricket team’s travel. According to the schedule, Eoin Morgan led side will leave for South Africa on Monday, November 16. The T20 matches will start from November 27 followed by three-match ODI series from December 4. The ODI series will be part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
|England’s Tour of South Africa Dates|
|SA vs ENG|
|Touring party departs||Monday 16 November||London to Cape Town|
|50-over intra-squad practice match||Saturday 21 November||Newlands, Cape Town|
|Two T20 intra-squad practice matches||Monday 23 November||Boland Park, Paarl|
|1st T20I||Friday 27 November||Newlands, Cape Town|
|2nd T20I||Sunday 29 November||Boland Park, Paarl|
|3rd T20I||Tuesday 1 December||Newlands, Cape Town|
|1st ODI||Friday 4 December||Newlands, Cape Town|
|2nd ODI||Sunday 6 December||Boland Park, Paarl|
|3rd ODI||Wednesday 9 December||Newlands, Cape Town|
|Touring party departs||Thursday 10 December||Cape Town to London|
Who says what?
Tom Harrison, ECB’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We owe it to the sport that we do everything we can to keep international competition progressing during this pandemic.” He added, “Series against the Proteas are always exciting and intense. We saw that earlier this year in South Africa and we can expect the same this time around.”
“This is a wonderful boost for cricket,” CSA Acting Chief Executive Kugandrie Govender opined, “The fact that England are the current World Cup champions will add tremendously to the two series and will give our own players every motivation to perform at their very best and challenge the acknowledged champions.”