England will travel to South Africa for three T20Is and as many ODIs in November. The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) agreed to the tour despite Cricket South Africa (CSA) being incomplete administrative mess. CSA currently has been put on notice by the local government officials due to governance issue. Despite of that ECB declared, England is ready to tour SA.
Tom Harrison, ECB’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are looking forward to touring South Africa. I would like to personally thank Cricket South Africa for their efforts in ensuring this tour goes ahead and their diligent work to create an environment that is safe for our players and staff. They are working tirelessly to pull together a bio-secure plan in Cape Town and Paarl.
The fixtures will be played behind closed doors in Cape Town and Paarl, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Wednesday.
The T20I series starts on November 27 at Newlands, Cape Town. The second match of the series will be played at Boland Park, Paarl on Sunday 29, while Newlands will host the third match on December 1.
England tour of South Africa schedule & fixtures
November 27: First T20I, Newlands, Cape Town
November 29: Second T20I, Boland Park, Paarl
December 1: Third T20I, Newlands, Cape Town
December 4: First ODI, Newlands, Cape Town
December 6: Second ODI, Boland Park, Cape Town
December 9: Third ODI, Newlands, Cape Town
The three-match ODI series, which are part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, starts at Newlands on December 4. The second match will be played at Boland Park on December 6, and the final game of the tour will take place on December 9 at Newlands.
The ECB and Cricket South Africa (CSA) have agreed to bio-security and travel plans for what will be the first international tour undertaken by an England cricket team since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
CSA approved the plans with the South African Government earlier this week granting exemptions for inbound travel for the England players and management.
Eoin Morgan’s squad will depart from London on a chartered flight on November 16. The touring party will be based in Cape Town. Ahead of the T20I series, the squad will train at Western Province Cricket Club. They will play three intra-squad practice matches – two T20s and one 50-over game – before the series starts.