Zim confirm SA tour

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South Africa will play five Twenty20 (T20) internationals against Zimbabwe in June as part of their preparations for the World Twenty20 later this year.

The new series, which will see the Proteas visit the country ahead of their tour of England in July, was announced by Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola following a meeting of the board of directors on Saturday.

Zimbabwe Cricket Committee chairman Alistair Campbell also confirmed the upcoming tour by the Proteas before adding that Sri Lanka could also send their A side for some four-day games like South Africa and Australia did last year.

The Proteas are definitely coming down, but the dates are yet to be confirmed. I will be travelling to meet with the officials at Cricket South Africa later this week together with Trevor Mutangadura, the general manager (cricket affairs) to finalise the dates for the tour.

While there we will also meet with the officials from Sri Lanka Cricket as they will also be sending their A side for a tour that will be structured in a similar way to the one that included Australia A last year, said Campbell.

According to their calendar for this year, Zimbabwe do not have any commitments from mid-February to September, but indications are the tour might be slated for June as the Proteas do not have any commitments at the same time.

The Proteas are already scheduled to play three T20 matches on their tour of New Zealand next month and three more against England in September.

Zimbabwe, on the other hand, are currently on a tour of New Zealand having already confirmed another home Test series against Bangladesh later this year.

The national team toured South Africa in October 2010 where they played two T20 matches and three one-day internationals, losing all matches against their stronger neighbours.