For the first time in history, South Africa is scheduled to play full-fledge bilateral one-day series against Ireland in the month of July. After almost 13 years, South Africa will play a 50-over game in Ireland.
South Africa will play three ODIs and three T20Is against Ireland, starting from 11th July in Malahide Cricket Ground in Dublin. All three matches will be played at Malahide Cricket Ground on 11th, 13th and 16th July respectively.
The conclusion of the ODI series will see the visitors take on Ireland in a three-match T20I series, starting from 20th July. The opening game will be played in Dublin, while the final two matches will be played at Stormont Cricket Ground in Belfast on 22nd and 25th July respectively.
South Africa’s one-day series against Ireland is also part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. After losing their one-day series against Pakistan, South Africa will be hoping to win this series and get valuable under their belt.
CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith said that the side would travel to Ireland to play a full-fledge ODI and T20I series. He said that Cricket South Africa and Cricket Ireland have made the decision after going through all the details and discussion.
The Board of Cricket Ireland are also set to host Zimbabwe for three ODIs and three T20Is, starting from 6th August. The three-one-day matches will be played at Stormont Cricket Ground in Belfast on 6th, 8th and 11th August, while the T20I series will be played at Beardy Cricket Club Ground in Magheramason on 15th, 17th and 20th August respectively.
In their previous five meetings, South Africa have managed to come out on all five occasions against Ireland. South Africa has yet to play T20I game against Ireland.
It will be interesting to see how Ireland fares against teams like South Africa and Zimbabwe in their home conditions.