South Africa to be the third team in the July tri-series

Posted by admin on March 22, 2009

The Board of Cricket Control in India has revealed that South Africa will be the third team to play in the July tri-series, hosted in Zimbabwe. The three teams to compete will be Zimbabwe, India and South Africa.

This announcement was made today after the BCCI announced the Indian Premier League will not be played in India this year. Instead it will be moved to either England, South Africa or United Arab Emirates. Cricket supporters from England and South Africa have reacted positively to the advent of Twenty20 cricket positively, while UAE - despite not being a cricketing powerhouse - has a large expatriate population.

BCCI cited a busy international schedule as the reason the IPL could not be postponed.

"After the ICC Twenty20 World Cup, the Indian team will play four ODIs in the West Indies after which, the team will tour Zimbabwe for a tri-series involving Zimbabwe and South Africa.", the BCCI said in a statement which has been quoted on and

The IPL has been in doubt since the Mumbai terror attacks last November and more recently the Lahore terror attack which was targeted at cricketers from Sri Lanka.

It was believed that Zimbabwe Cricket were hoping to invite Kenya to the tri-series, but South Africa are much stronger competition and based on the results of the recent bilateral series between Kenya and Zimbabwe which Zimbabwe won convincingly (5-0), the Zimbabweans would learn more from playing against the world number 2.