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SABC signs Proteas deal ahead of bumper season

28 Nov 2020, 04:13 GMT+10

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have announced a broadcasting deal for the busy cricket summer in South Africa.

The SABC has confirmed that they will broadcast live the Proteas inbound tour's against England, Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan.

The tour kicked off on Friday as the hosts battle the world champions England in three T20s and three ODIs in the Western Cape.

Sri Lanka then arrive in South Africa for a two-Test match series starting on Boxing Day from 26-30 December at SuperSport Park in Centurion followed by the 2nd Test from 3-7 January at the Wanderers.

In January and February 2021, the Proteas and Australia line up once more to renew their rivalry in a three-match Test series. Times and venues for that tour have yet to be announced.

The inbound tour will be wrapped up against Pakistan in March/April 2021 with three ODIs and three T20s. The final dates and venues for this series are also yet to be announced.

"One important feature of our vision for South African cricket is to grow the game and ensure that it is accessible to all and the SABC platforms make this possible," commented CSA acting chief executive Kugandrie Govender.

"This route will allow us to reach the greater South African public who are just as keen for live cricket and to rally behind the Proteas. This partnership proved to be a huge success in previous years as has always been reflected by the official viewership figures. We are truly delighted that this is possible in the turbulent year that it has been, and look forward to a brilliant summer of cricket."

The SABC Sport GM, Gary Rathbone further added: "We are proud to renew our relationship with Cricket South Africa. It is a relationship which has allowed both organizations to inspire the next generation of the Proteas, in a manner that no-one else could. It has been some ten (10) months without a game of live cricket on our TV and Radio platforms. With this tour, SABC will put our audiences in the front row seat of the game they love, since they cannot be at the stadiums."

SABC3 and Radio 2000 will provide live coverage of all matches, and there will be further coverage on SABC's various radio platforms.

- Cricket South Africa

Source: News24

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