CSA commits to R400 million stadium upgrades for 2027 World Cup

Cricket South Africa (CSA) plans to spend between R200 million and R400 million improving South African cricket venues ahead of the 2027 ODI World Cup.

South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia will host the event together. In 2024, South Africa assumed Under-19 World Cup host duties.

CSA commits to R400 million stadium upgrades

South Africa’s World Cup grounds will be the Wanderers in Johannesburg, Centurion Park in Pretoria, Kingsmead in Durban, St George’s Park in Gqeberha, Boland Park in Paarl, and Newlands in Cape Town. Some matches will also take place at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein and Buffalo Park in East London.

In an interview with the Sunday Times CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki revealed that the organisation will review the eight venues over the next fortnight.

“Some of the grounds may be in need of more aid than others,” Moseki noted.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that South Africa will host the Men’s World Cup 2027, together with Namibia and Zimbabwe in 2021.

A boost for the region from the 2027 World Cup

South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya co-hosted the Cricket World Cup in 2003, the first to be hosted in Africa. This will be the first time that the SADC region hosts another global cricket tournament . Incidentally, this will also be the first time matches will be staged in Namibia.

Moseki, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Cricket South Africa, “I would like to thank the ICC and its committees for awarding us the honours to be host of the greatest game in the world. This means a great deal for the sport of cricket in South Africa and indeed the legacy project. We are looking forward to the many nuggets that will arise from our hosting of this great gentlemen’s game and we are certain that the three countries involved will benefit immensely from this award.”

Great news for South Africa

“This is great news for cricket in South Africa and indeed the entire African continent. CSA had submitted a compelling bidfor the Men’s World Cup to return to our shores and for Africa to again enjoy the sporting, social and economic benefits of hosting this prestigious world cricket event.

“We are delighted that through this tournament the world will get a view of the abundance of talent that abounds in this beautiful part of the world, said Lawson Naidoo, Chairperson of the CSA Board.”

“Hosting a Men’s World Cup spells a variety of benefits for CSA, and its entire membership. We would like to congratulate the Board, ICC Africa and all administrators who worked tirelessly to make this possible.

“This demonstrates what can be achieved when we pull all our resources for the benefit of the game and its fans,” said Rihan Richards, CSA President.