CAPE TOWN: South Africa will tour Pakistan next month for the key time in 13 years to play two assessments and three Twenty20 Internationals, officials confirmed on Wednesday.
The five-day fits get piece of the ICC Take a look at Championship and ought to quiet be staged in Karachi (January 26-30) and Rawalpindi (February 4-8), before T20 fixtures on the same venues and Lahore, ending on February 14.
Global cricket has returned to Pakistan within the past 15 months following a militant assault on the Sri Lanka crew bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed six policemen and two civilians.
The nation has hosted Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe since September 2019, while England no longer too lengthy within the past presented a brief two-match 20-over sequence in October next year within the originate-as a lot as the T20 World Cup in India.
“It’s pretty to gaze so many worldwide locations making a return to Pakistan – a proud, cricket-loving nation,” South Africa’s director of cricket, Graeme Smith, acknowledged in a statement.
“I’d love to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the hospitality and transparency they showed our safety contingent when they travelled over there a number of weeks within the past.
“The file on their findings and ideas presents us self belief as an organisation that all of our crew’s safety, taking half in and accommodation wants will likely be met, and that the wellbeing of the crew may per chance be the tip priority.”
Pakistan captain Babar Azam acknowledged that with the exception of the excitement of taking half in at home, the tour will additionally be a gamble for his facet to take a look at their progress across the two codecs.
“I am delighted that South Africa own confirmed their tour to Pakistan and gaze ahead to captaining my nation for the key time in a house Take a look at,” Azam acknowledged in a media liberate from the PCB.
“Wanting on the calendar of worldwide cricket in 2021, I am chuffed we’re taking half in extra in opposition to the facets that are ranked above us.
“Here’s serious to no longer simplest our discovering out and trend but additionally a possibility to pork up our rankings across all codecs.”