Proteas to feature domestically

Haroon Lorgat (Getty Images)
Haroon Lorgat (Getty Images)
Cape Town - With a Cricket World Cup on the horizon, the Proteas will get the opportunity to play more domestic cricket next season.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday announced the franchise fixtures for all three domestic competitions for the 2014/15 season.

It fixtures were scheduled in such a manner so the Proteas could get the best opportunity to get enough playing time ahead of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

“With the ICC Cricket World Cup taking place next year February and March, we have scheduled the Momentum One-Day Cup to start as usual in October but the final rounds of league competition and the knock-out phase will take place in January and February 2015,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.

“This will allow our national players the opportunity to play competitive 50-over cricket before they depart for Australasia.

“As a result the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge will take place in November and December and again there will be opportunities in the latter stages of this tournament for those Proteas not involved in the Test Series against the West Indies to show their skills."

CSA declared last season’s triple-header at the Cell C Festival of Cricket a huge success and has decided to repeat the concept.

The opening round of league play in the RAM SLAM will be a triple-header at the Wanderers in November, there will be another triple-header round at Kingsmead and the penultimate round will be a third triple-header at Bloemfontein’s Chevrolet Park.

“The triple-header T20 fixture was exciting for both players and fans and we will repeat this concept on a rotational basis across the country.”

The season will start and finish with the Sunfoil Series with the opening rounds being played at the end of September involving those franchises not involved in the Champions League T20 Tournament in India.

Domestic competitions:

 - The One-Day Cup will run from Friday, October 10 to Sunday, October 26 before breaking for almost three months until Friday, January 23 with the final scheduled for Sunday, February 15.

 - The RAM SLAM T20 Challenge will start on Sunday, November 2, and will run continuously up to the final on Friday, December 12.

 - The Sunfoil Series four-day competition starts on Thursday, September 25 with the final round of games scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2015. The competition will span the months of September, October, December, January, February and March.

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