South Africa make tough plans for ICC World Cup 2015

Updated: 18 August 2014 15:25 IST

South Africa will prepare for the ICC World Cup 2015 by playing eight ODIs across Australia and New Zealand, the joint hosts of the mega event before hosting West Indies in a full series.

South Africa make tough plans for ICC World Cup 2015
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South Africa, who are in the same group as holders India in the 2015 ICC World Cup, are set to prepare for the mega event by playing eight ODI games in Australia as well as New Zealand, the joint Cup hosts, in October-November.

South Africa, who would clash in the World Cup with India in Pool B on February 22 under lights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, are to play three ODIs against New Zealand in October before crossing the Tasman Sea and play Australia in a best-of-five ODI series in November, Cricket South Africa announced on Monday.

South Africa and Australia would also play a best-of-three T20 International series before the Proteas return home to continue their preparations against the the West Indies in a full series comprising three Tests, five ODI's and two T20 Internationals, CSA stated.

The World Cup is scheduled from February 14-March 29, 2015. In all, the Proteas have planned to play 23 ODIs against five different opposition as the build-up for the mega event which they have never won before.

There could be a 24th match if the Proteas ODI squad qualifies for the final of the triangular tournament against Zimbabwe and Australia in Harare in August-September, CSA said.

SA would also play six Test matches in the six-month period between July and January, 2015 which includes two-match series against Sri Lanka which was postponed last year.

The revised schedule sees a further 13 ODI matches added to the programme in the current FTP schedule, CSA said.

"Once we have completed our challenge for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month, we will turn much of our attention to next year's World Cup," said CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

"Building quality experience is a vital part of preparing our ODI squad for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The series of ODI matches we will be playing in these two countries will provide valuable experience for the players as they prepare for the conditions expected during the World Cup," he added. for the conditions expected during the World Cup," he added.

Topics : Cricket South Africa World Cup 2015
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