South Africa to host Netherlands, India and Bangladesh during home summer


The Mzansi Super League has been converted into a domestic T20 competition that will be played among eight top-tier teams

India’s scheduled tour of South Africa between December 2021 and January 2022 has been confirmed as the marquee international series in South Africa’s home calendar. India are due to play three Tests, three ODIs and four T20Is between December 26 and January 25, with Netherlands and Bangladesh also due to visit South Africa.

South Africa and India last met in a bilateral series in March 2020 in India, for three ODIs, but after the first fixture was washed out, the series had to be called off altogether because of the Covid-19 outbreak. India then confirmed a three-match T20I series with South Africa – initially for August last year and then in September-October this year. But it hasn’t taken place yet, first because South Africa was experiencing its first wave of the pandemic and then because of the rescheduled IPL.

South Africa’s international summer will get underway with three ODIs against Netherlands, which form part of the World Cup Super League, between November 26 and December 1. All three matches will be played in Centurion.

This will be followed by India’s visit. After that South Africa are scheduled to travel to New Zealand for two Tests and three T20Is. The summer will conclude with three ODIs and two Tests against Bangladesh from March 18 to April 9.

In January-February, West Indies Women will also visit to play three ODIs and five T20Is.

This summer will also see South Africa launching a revamped domestic structure, which includes 15 provincial teams playing in two tiers, following the dissolution of the franchise system. The season will begin with a T20 knockout competition, which will take place from September 24 to October 22 and will include all 15 teams.

The Mzansi Super League that was played in 2018 and 2019 but was called off last year has been converted into a domestic T20 competition that will be played among eight top-tier teams. Both tiers will play a first-class and one-day competition.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent

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