Thatscricket - News - Super-Ten Series to commence from March 30

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Top provincial cricket teams of the 10 Test-playing nations will now participate in an annual Super-Ten Series but in the inaugural one to be played in Perth, Australia, only Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa will take part. The first World One-Day Championship for provincial series winners from the 10 Test-playing countries starts on Thursday.Ali Bacher, the new chief executive of the World Cup 2003 committee in South Africa, said the plan was born here while he was still managing director of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA)."We wanted to host it in South Africa, but decided against it because it would have interfered with our preparations for the World Cup," Bacher said, adding that Australia had then agreed to host the tournament.The Super-Ten Series will be hosted every two years and each time it is held, two more countries will be added to the participating teams, until all ten countries are in it.The first match in the series will kick off in Perth on March 29 when the winners of South Africa's Standard Bank series, KwaZulu-Natal Province, meet the winners of New Zealand's one-day Shell series, Central Districts.Mumbai, winners of India's 1999-2000 Ranji Trophy domestic cricket championships, will battle it out against the Western Warriors of Australia on March 30, while the Western Warriors will play KwaZulu-Natal on March 31.On April 1 Mumbai meet KwaZulu-Natal, on April 2 the New Zealand Central Districts will play Western Warriors and on April 3 Mumbai meet the New Zealanders. The final will be played on April 4.Two South African Indians who are in the team have had some experience that could help the Dolphins, as the KwaZulu-Natal team is called at home, in its matches.Batsman Hashim Amla (17) played against the Kiwis for the South African under-19 side last year when it toured New Zealand. Rodgers Subramoney is a member of the local team Chatsworth United in Durban, which toured India previously and which has had a good relationship with Indian teams.India Abroad News Service

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