Monday, 15 February 2021 19:27

Staff Reporter.

Cricket South Africa has announced that the Proteas will conduct their first-ever full limited-overs tour of Ireland in July.

CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith on Monday morning hinted at a number of tours that could form part of the Proteas’ winter schedule.

Proteas will face Ireland in three ODIs and three T20Is from 11-25 July, with Malahide and Stormont the two venues.

We are extremely pleased to have finalised the dates as quickly as we have and for that we would like to thank Cricket Ireland for their cooperation and willingness to adapt the tour schedule as we continue to finalise our winter programme,’ Smith said on the announcement.

"The tour marks a significant new chapter in our history as we visit one of the fast-developing cricket nations for a six-match tour.

"Ireland have showed themselves to be highly competitive adversaries in recent years, with a growing profile in the world game. It will also offer our players further international action in unfamiliar conditions, so we are looking forward to the contest."

The Proteas faced Ireland in a once-off ODI in Belfast back in 2007, while the two teams also met in Benoni in 2016.

"Given the significant changes to the Future Tours Programme due to the postponement of home series from 2020 – and all other countries having to reschedule fixtures over the period 2020 to 2023 – it has truly been a jigsaw puzzle for world cricket administrators to try to make the pieces fit, "added Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom.

Full schedule:

Sunday, 11 July – 1st ODI (Malahide)

Tuesday, 13 July – 2nd ODI (Malahide)

Friday, 16 July – 3rd ODI (Malahide)

Tuesday, 20 July – 1st T20I (Malahide)

Thursday, 22 July – 2nd T20I (Stormont)

Sunday, 25 July – 3rd T20I (St0rmont).