JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa (CSA) today launched its action-packed season of international and domestic competition that will see both the Proteas men’s side and the Momentum Proteas women’s side challenging for major ICC world titles.

The former travel to the United Arab Emirates in November to take part in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup while the latter travel to New Zealand in February to take part in the ICC Women’s World Cup.

“It is probably the most congested home summer we have ever had,” commented CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith. “It is wonderful in these challenging times that there will such high-quality cricket being played on our shores. This includes a full tour by India across all three formats, both red ball and white ball cricket against Bangladesh and the first visit to our country by the Netherlands national team.

“Our women will also see plenty of action with the visit by the West Indies in the New Year for a series of both white ball formats.

“As was the case last season we have had to centralize our international fixtures to comply with Covid protocols,” he added.

“The ODI series against the Netherlands and Bangladesh form part of the Cricket World Cup Super League while the Test Series against India and Bangladesh form part of the World Test Championship which will provide greater context to our home international fixtures.

“India A will also be touring for three four-day matches against South Africa A which will provide tough competition for our domestic cricketers as they bridge the gap between domestic and international cricket.

“The Mzansi Super League has been moved to a new slot (February 7 to 28) while the domestic programme will as far as possible dovetail with our international programme.

“The domestic season will get off to a tremendous start with the Provincial T20 knock-out competition which will be enhanced by the participation of those Proteas who are not part of the T20 World Cup squad,” concluded Smith.