West Indies women's tour of South Africa to begin on Jan 25

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Johannesburg [South Africa], January 5 (ANI): Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday confirmed a revised schedule for the inbound tour featuring the Momentum Proteas and the West Indies, consisting of five matches.

The tour includes a warm-up clash and four Women’s ODI taking place between January 25- February 6

CSA said to accommodate the concerns and request of Cricket West Indies (CWI), the South African board has resolved to host all matches in a bio-secure environment (BSE) at the Imperial Wanderers Stadium, a venue close to the hotel which has been secured for exclusive use due to the ongoing pandemic.

“CSA is extremely excited to be able to confirm the schedule for the West Indies tour to South Africa during a critical time for the Momentum Proteas side as they strive to make history in this year’s World Cup,” said Graeme Smith, CSA Director of Cricket in a statement.

“Following lengthy and constructive engagements between CSA and CWI, all parties are delighted to confirm the fixtures that will allow both nations to play during these challenging times of the pandemic and get the required amount of cricket in the players’ legs before a major tournament.

“The Momentum Proteas had an exceptional year in 2021 – ending it as the second-ranked team on the ICC rankings in the ODI format – and it is important to continue that momentum with a significant series against quality opposition,” Smith added.

This will be South Africa’s second consecutive 50-over series against the Caribbean outfit after the two sides met in a five-match series in the West Indies in September last year where South Africa were a Super Over defeat away from a historic clean sweep, winning the series 4-1.

Both teams will be utilizing the scheduled five matches to finalize their preparations before departing for the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup being hosted in New Zealand from March 4 to April 3. (ANI)

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