South Africa news April 9, 2014

Durban to host two international fixtures

Durban's Kingsmead stadium is the beneficiary of an additional international fixture announced by CSA for the forthcoming season. A third T20 has been added to West Indies' tour of South Africa which initially consisted of three Tests, two T20s and five ODIs of which Kingsmead was only due to host one match.

The Boxing Day Test was moved from Durban to Port Elizabeth, leaving Kingsmead with just an ODI and limited opportunity for revenue over the summer. An additional T20 scheduled for January 14, two days before the ODI at the venue, will afford Kingsmead an opportunity to fill its stands for a second time in the season.

West Indies are the only visiting team in South Africa over the 2014/15 summer, which will be headlined by the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand from February. CSA have put their focus on preparing the national team for that tournament and have planned their domestic fixtures to give the players as much practice as possible.

In addition to the almost 30 ODIs - in Sri Lanka, Australia, Zimbabwe and at home - South Africa will play in the lead-up to the World Cup, the national players will also be available for the domestic fifty-over competition which has been split into two windows. The first part of the tournament will take place in October before the latter league stages and knockouts happen in January and February, just before the World Cup.

The season will kick off with the first-class competition which begins on September 25 and will have two rounds before breaking for the twenty-over tournament in November. CSA have planned a trio of triple headers after experimenting with the idea in the recently concluded season.

All six franchises will play on the same day when the competition gets underway in Johannesburg on Sunday November 2. They will also all be in action in Durban on November 16 and again in Bloemfontein on November 30, which will be the penultimate round of competition.

The rest of the first-class competition will run from the beginning of January through to the end of March. Before the start of next summer, South Africa have a busy program which includes tours of Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Australia (for ODIs only) while the A team will play a triangular tournament in Australia, which will also include India A.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • David on April 12, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    @ Shongololo. Lots of people do leave Jobug at Christmas, but they don't all head off to PE - that's for sure! Joburg's cricket loving population does not simply migrate to PE for Christmas. Besides, the PE people go on holiday too - probably the same percentage as those from Joeys, so holding the boxing day test in PE just means holding it in a much smaller city with a lower than usual population!

    Ja nee - that's SA logic, ne?

  • Paul on April 11, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Time for CSA to take a leaf out of Australia's book and schedule, for perpetuity, the Boxing Day and New Year Tests at the two best grounds in the country, in the nation's two largest cities - Boxing Day at the Wanderers, New Year at Newlands. You create a fixture in people's diaries, it will become an iconic event and they will come. I don't buy this rubbish about Jo'burg being empty over Christmas...there are plenty of people around and this fixture will be very well's the endless jumping around of fixtures, over work days, that significantly contributes to poor Jo'burg Test crowds.

  • Rob on April 9, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Good planning for the 50 over World Cup and also in the process getting star players turning out for their franchises. A proper tour also by the Windies.

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Can't wait for the tests to start... Go boys...

  • Josh on April 9, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Excellent planning by CSA. The SA team will have plenty of match fitness and skills fine tuned before the world cup. Hopefully we can have a settled match XI plus the 4 fringe players depending on conditions.

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