South Africa-West Indies Women's ODI series rescheduled, to begin from January 26
The two teams will play only four ODIs as a part of their preparation for the ODI World Cup
The rescheduled limited-overs series between South Africa Women and West Indies Women is set to begin on January 28 and end on February 6 in Johannesburg to "complete preparations" ahead of the ODI World Cup, the two boards confirmed on Wednesday.
According to the original schedule, the two teams were supposed to play three T20Is and five ODIs from January 15 to February 6. Now, the revised schedule will see them take part in only four ODIs - two matches under lights - and a warm-up match against a South Africa XI on January 25.
All matches in South Africa will be played in a bio-secure environment at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
"There has been a lot of hard work and collaboration with our friends at Cricket South Africa regarding this tour and we are very pleased that we have been able to confirm this rescheduled ODI Series, allowing us to play vital high-level international competition and complete preparations ahead of the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup," Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO Johnny Grave said. "We are extremely grateful to both CSA's and CWI's operational and medical teams for their efforts in confirming the schedule and we look forward to an exciting ODI series.''
Head coach Courtney Walsh believes that this tour will give them a chance to get some quality game time before the World Cup, which is scheduled for March in New Zealand.
"We have played less cricket than anticipated following the cancellation of the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe," Walsh said. "This tour will show us exactly what we need to fine-tune before departing for New Zealand so that when we get there we can hit the ground running and give a proper showing of ourselves on the world stage."
The last time these two teams faced each other, in the West Indies in September last year, South Africa thrashed the hosts 4-0 in the five-match ODI series and drew the three-match T20I series 1-1.