South Africa bank on IPL show for India tour
New Delhi: South Africa hope their players' experience in the Indian Premier League will enable them to turn the tables on their hosts at the start of a gruelling 10-week tour of India, coach Russell Domingo said yesterday.
The tourists are due to play three Twenty20 internationals and five one-day matches up until October 25, before starting a four-Test series on November 5.
The South African T20 squad with a judicious blend of youth and experience will open their campaign in a 72-day tour, when they take on a talented bunch of India 'A' youngsters in a T20 warm-up game, here today.
Ten members of their Twenty20 squad turn out for various franchises in the glitzy cash-rich IPL, and Domingo said that will benefit his wards.
"We are fortunate to have quite a few players who know Indian conditions because of the IPL," Domingo told reporters here. "They understand what is required to play in these conditions.
We expect tough and uncompromising cricket during the tour. That is also how we play. The players are used to tough places. South Africa is not for sissies. We enjoy different cultures. We enjoy meeting and mixing with new and different people."