Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday announced a 14-match, One-Day International quadrangular series between the Momentum Proteas, India, Zimbabwe and Ireland to be held in Potchefstroom from 07-21 May 2017.
This will be the perfect opportunity for the national team and India, who recently qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup in England, to complete their final preparation for women’s cricket’s biggest tournament. It is also a good occasion for developing sides such as Ireland and Zimbabwe to gain match experience from stronger opposition, ensuring the growth of the women’s game in as many corners of the globe as possible.
CSA General Manager of Cricket, Corrie van Zyl believes that this series will be of great benefit for the home side and will do well in bolstering the team’s preparation ahead of the World Cup.
“Game time is one of the most important aspects in the preparation of any team heading into a major tournament,” he commented. “This is why CSA is looking forward to this series and the opportunity it will afford the national women’s team in indicating where they are as a side ahead of the World Cup and where they want to be.
“This quadrangular series is also a good way to advertise the women’s game and showcase its worldwide growth and progress. We are looking forward to a competitive contest of the highest quality and wish all participants well.”
Proteas coach, Hilton Moreeng is looking forward to the series and the opportunity to play against tough opposition ahead of the World Cup.
He said; “We definitely welcome this series and are excited to get down to business. It’s really encouraging to see how much more cricket is being tabled for the women and with this being a World Cup year, we need as much game time as possible.
“Playing against teams such as India, Ireland and Zimbabwe will allow us the opportunity to fine-tune our combinations and game plans going into the World Cup. But aside from that, this series is of great value to younger and more developing teams like Ireland and Zimbabwe and will definitely play its part in exposing the women’s game to as many people around the world as possible. For us, it’s going to be yet another opportunity to show the talent and strength of our team and advertise women’s cricket in South Africa.”