CSA's CEO Gerald Majola in a press conference said, ''This is going to be a bumper season for South African cricket, both domestically and internationally. The new season, which kicks off with the tour to Ireland this month, will include seven international tours and the hosting of the inaugural World Twenty20 South Africa in 2007.''
Placing his faith on the nascent version of the game, the CEO said, ''We believe that the Twenty20 format is going to bring in a new audience for cricket, and we believe this interest will spread to other forms of the game.''
Majola also pointed out that the CSA has chalked out a schedule to encourage new talent, ''We will be using this season with its seven international tours to increase the pool of Proteas players so that we can meet the challenges of this busy 2007-08 season.
''This means that the domestic programme will give emerging players a good opportunity to catch the attention of the national selectors, and this will give added incentives to do well in our home competitions.''
Commenting on South Africa's first tour of Ireland, Majola said, ''We are not taking out first international tour to Ireland lightly, and the Proteas squad, with several new players in it, is determined to do well.'' India will play five ODI matches against South Africa and Ireland, which will be held in Belfast from 22 June.
South Africa's international tours include away tours to Ireland, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India while they will take on New Zealand and West Indies at home.