SA to help boost Zim’s cricket
Zimbabwe is to take part in all three of South Africa’s domestic competitions this season as part of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA’s) attempts to help Zimbabwe become more competitive.
CSA’s general manager of cricket operations Brian Basson told Sapa on Monday that the existing schedule of fixtures would stand and matches against Zimbabwe would be slotted in.
“The first competition is the first class four-day competition, the Supersport Series. This is played on a home and away basis, but because Zimbabwe have come into the competition so late, they will only play a single round of matches,” said Basson. “We had to make sure that these matches would be meaningful for our teams, so they will earn points from the fixtures against Zimbabwe.
“Zimbabwe will not earn any points, but they need to play these games to support their application to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to return to Test cricket.
“All six matches against Zimbabwe will be played in Zimbabwe, starting on Thursday, when the Highveld Lions travel up to Harare. The next opening is on November 22, when the Eagles will play Zimbabwe,” he continued.
Basson said the other fixtures were still being worked out.
“As far as the one-day MTN competition and the Standard Bank Pro20 competitions are concerned, Zimbabwe will play home and away matches against all six franchises. Once again, the existing schedule will stand, with the fixtures against Zimbabwe worked in around them. Zimbabwe will compete on equal terms in these two competitions, earning points in the normal way, and could even win the competition.”
Details of the Zimbabwe fixtures will be released as soon as they have been finalised.