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South Africa to tour Sri Lanka in September

By Bet Barter

July 30, 2021

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that South Africa will be touring Sri Lanka in September this year for a limited-overs series. The Proteas will play three ODIs and as many T20Is starting September 2. The entire series will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The ODI series will commence on September 2, followed by matches on September 4 and 7. The T20Is will be played on September 10, 12, and 14. South Africa last toured Sri Lanka in 2018 where they won the five-match ODI series 3-2 while the hosts claimed victory in a one-off T20I.

“We are delighted to have another tour confirmed for the Proteas men’s team with the ICC T20 World Cup just around the corner,” commented CSA Acting CEO Pholetsi Moseki in an official statement.

The series will be a perfect opportunity for South Africa to fine-tune their team combination before the T20I World Cup, to be played in UAE and Oman, which will offer similar conditions to Sri Lanka, in Oct-Nov.

“Playing against quality opposition in the sub-continent is the best way for our team to prepare for this event and, we are grateful to Sri Lanka Cricket for accommodating us during this time of the year where schedules are highly condensed,” he added.

"With an ICC White ball word event in each year of the next three, game time is golden for every team and we are looking forward to watching our team play as they continue to add to the building blocks of their T20 World Cup preparations."

South Africa’s confidence will be skyrocketing after back to back wins over West Indies and Ireland. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, fetched an impressive 2-1 series win over India.