Tuesday, June 25, 2024

CSA congratulates Proteas on qualifying for 50-over World Cup

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Cricket South Africa would like to congratulate the Proteas Men on their qualification for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup to be played in India later this year.

Their place at the 50-over global tournament in October and November was confirmed after the first One-Day International (ODI) between Ireland and Bangladesh on Tuesday ended in a no result on account of the weather. The Irish had to win all three matches in the series in order to keep alive their own hopes of automatic qualification.

South Africa now cannot be overtaken by anyone in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League – the qualification tournament – and have secured the eighth and final qualifying berth.

CSA Chief Executive Officer Pholetsi Moseki commented: “On behalf of Cricket South Africa, I would like to congratulate the Proteas Men on automatically qualifying for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. It was by no means a straight forward route to guaranteeing their spot, but the Proteas showed character and now coach Rob and his team can look ahead to preparing for the tournament.”

Proteas 50-over captain Temba Bavuma added: “I am pleased to learn that we’ve secured our qualification for the upcoming 50-over World Cup that is going to be hosted in India later this year.

“If I look at the journey, it’s been a tricky one for us as a 50-over team to get to this point, but I think looking at the last couple of months, a lot of positive strides have been made as a team. We are well positioned to build on the momentum and confidence that we’ve gained. Now is the perfect opportunity for us to really focus on the World Cup from a preparation point of view, nail down on our plans and brush up on areas that we feel we need to brush up on.

“Personally, it will be a major honour and privilege for me to be leading the team in my first-ever 50-over World Cup and I hope we can achieve some good things as a team.”

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