Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed the South African men’s team tour of Pakistan. This will be their first tour of the country since 2007. The trip will comprise of three-match T20I series and a two-match Test series. The Test series will be a part of the ICC Test Championship.
The matches will take place from January 26 to February 14, 2021. Three venues will host the game, Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Lahore. The first Test will be staged at the National Stadium in Karachi between 26-30 January, while the second fixture will be played between February 4 to February 8 at Rawalpindi. The T20Is will be held at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on 11, 13, and 14 February respectively.
The Proteas will arrive in Pakistan on January 16. The visitors will undergo a mandatory quarantine period before engaging in the training and squad practice matches.
The last time South Africa and Pakistan competed in Pakistan was back in 2007 in a two-match Test series in which South Africa beat the hosts by 1-0.
Graeme Smith, the CSA director said, “It’s pleasing to see so many countries making a return to Pakistan – a proud, cricket-loving nation. Cricket South Africa is delighted to be counted among them. As someone who has toured the country on more than one occasion back in my playing days, I know how much passion the people of Pakistan have for the game as well as the love and support that the Proteas enjoy there as a team.
“I would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the hospitality and transparency they showed our security contingent when they traveled over there a few weeks ago. The report on their findings and recommendations gives us confidence as an organization that all of our team’s security, playing, and accommodation needs will be met and that the wellbeing of the team will be the top priority. We look forward to embarking on this historical tour.”
PCB director for domestic, Zakir Khan said, “South Africa confirming a tour to Pakistan and playing matches at the three major centers is fabulous news for Pakistan cricket and its fans. South Africa is one of the most popular sides in Pakistan even though they last played here in 2007, but the fans have been following their performances closely and now look forward to welcoming them.
“Cricket South Africa and its players have a special bonding with Pakistan as a number of their star players visited Lahore with the ICC World XI in 2017 and have appeared in the HBL Pakistan Super League with Faf du Plessis being the latest addition after featuring in the playoffs in Karachi,” he added.
Khan also mentioned that once they are done with the series’ with South Africa, they will also host matches with New Zealand, England , and West Indies.