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South Africa Withdraw

9th September
Just 21 days before the beginning of the World Cup, Eddie Fourie, President of the South African Indoor Cricket Association, announced the shock withdrawal of both the South African Men and Women's sides.
In a letter published on the SAICA website, Eddie states two sponsors have withdrawn their support, leaving the South African teams with no financial backing. He goes on to say that efforts are still underway to secure other financial assistance in an effort to still participate. With the Cup beginning on 30 September, this now appears highly unlikely.

In 2000, the South African Women defeated the Australian Women during the World Cup. It was the first international defeat for the Aussie Women.

The South African Women finished the Cup in second place.

In the same tournament, the South African Men missed out on making the final, and excluding Australia for the first time ever, by one run.

The South African Men finished in third place.


In the eyes of many, South Africa would have been the team to challenge the Australian dominance of the Indoor Cricket World Cup. If they don't attend, they and their supporters may justifiably feel yet another chance to rise to the top has been missed (although many believe South Africa wasted their best chance on their home turf in 2000).



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