Ring-rusty South Africa begin march on 2023 World Cup
South Africa's Temba Bavuma (R) is watched by England's wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow as he plays a shot during the first one day international (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and England at The Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town on February 4, 2020. (Photo by RODGER BOSCH / AFP)

SOUTH Africa return to one-day worldwide cricket for the primary time in a 12 months towards Pakistan from Friday with a history-making new captain on the helm and their sights set on the 2023 World Cup.

The Proteas haven’t performed an ODI since finishing a 3-0 house collection win towards Australia in March 2020.

Following that collection, South Africa went to India however the tour was aborted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A deliberate collection towards England final December was then postponed after two members of the touring social gathering examined constructive for coronavirus – outcomes which later had been declared as false positives.

As a outcome, South Africa have but to safe their first factors within the World Cup Super League which decides which seven groups be a part of hosts India as computerized qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup.

The Proteas and the Netherlands are the one groups who’ve but to play a match within the 13-team league.

Seven groups have already got three or extra wins, so South Africa, below new captain Temba Bavuma, will probably be looking for to make up floor after they they play Pakistan at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Friday within the first of three one-day internationals.

South Africa will probably be at full power for the primary two matches however will probably be with out 5 main gamers – Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, David Miller and Anrich Nortje – for the third match due to Indian Premier League commitments.

The quintet may also miss 4 Twenty20 internationals which observe the one-day collection.

The one-day and T20 matches will probably be break up between Centurion and Johannesburg, with the groups staying in a bio-secure location handy to each venues.


April is unusually late for cricket matches to be performed in South Africa.

Shorter days and autumnal climate may have an effect on situations at two grounds the place batsmen normally thrive on exhausting, true pitches.

Bavuma mentioned his solely expertise of enjoying in April was in a home T20 competitors.

“It seemed to suit seam bowling a bit more, with the ball swinging,” mentioned Bavuma, his nation’s first black African skipper.

“But the wickets still become favourable for batting, even though the challenge is a bit more with the seam.”

Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq mentioned on arrival that he believed the situations at each venues would go well with his quick bowlers and stroke-playing batsmen.

The collection will probably be performed towards the backdrop of continued uncertainty over the administration of the sport in South Africa.

Sports minister Nathi Mthethwa issued an ultimatum on Tuesday to Cricket South Africa’s members council, consisting of provincial presidents, to simply accept the precept of a brand new board containing a majority of unbiased administrators.

Mthethwa gave the council till April 6 to achieve an settlement with an interim board, which is charged with establishing a brand new construction.

He threatened authorities intervention except an settlement was reached, which may jeopardise Cricket South Africa’s standing with the International Cricket Council.

South African batsman Aiden Markram mentioned on Wednesday that the gamers tried to avoid administrative issues however added: “We trust that the people who are making the decisions will do so for the betterment of the game.”

ODI schedule:

April 2, Centurion

April 4, Johannesburg
April 7, Centurion. – AFP


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