Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board has introduced that the South African cricket staff will go to Pakistan in January subsequent 12 months. This would be the first go to of the visiting staff to Pakistan in 14 years.
The two groups will face one another in two Test matches and three Twenty20 Internationals. Both Test matches within the sequence can be a part of the ICC World Test Championship.
The visiting staff will arrive in Karachi on January 16 to take part within the sequence. The first Test of the sequence can be performed on the National Stadium in Karachi from January 26 to 30, after which the South African staff will depart for Rawalpindi, the place they’ll play the second Test beginning on February four.
All three T20 International matches of the sequence can be performed at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. These matches will happen on February 11, 13 and 14.
The South African staff arriving in Pakistan to take part within the tour will full its quarantine interval in Karachi, after which they are going to be allowed to take part in coaching periods and intra-squad observe matches.
This would be the first tour of the South African cricket staff to Pakistan since 2007. Both groups performed in Pakistan's residence sequence Neutral Venue within the UAE in 2010 and 2013.
A complete of 11 Test sequence have been performed between the 2 groups since 1995. Seven of the 11 have been gained by South Africa and one by Pakistan. Therefore, beneath the management of Babar Azam, the Pakistan cricket staff will now have a golden alternative to beat South Africa within the Test sequence after 18 years.
South Africa is at the moment sixth and Pakistan is seventh within the ICC Test rankings.
This would be the first time that each the groups will ever compete in a T20 sequence on Pakistani soil. South Africa had beforehand gained each T20 sequence within the UAE.
Zakir Khan, Director International PCB:
Pakistan Cricket Board Director International Zakir Khan says that South Africa has agreed to go to Pakistan and comply with play lengthy and restricted fashion cricket matches in three totally different cities, Pakistan cricket and the followers right here. Welcome information for.
He mentioned that in fact the South African staff final visited Pakistan within the 12 months 2007 however nonetheless Pakistan nonetheless has numerous followers of this staff.
Zakir Khan added that it’s a welcome growth that the Pakistan Cricket Board will make an amazing begin to the 12 months 2021 by internet hosting the South African cricket staff. After South Africa, we’ve New Zealand, England and West Indies in the identical 12 months. Pakistan can also be scheduled to host the Asia Cup 2021 and the ICC Men's Twenty20 Cricket World Cup 2021 this 12 months.
He mentioned that the 12 months 2020 was a difficult 12 months as a result of outbreak of Corona virus however Pakistan Cricket Board has efficiently held 60% of its matches within the season 2020-21 and hoped that Zakir Khan mentioned that for the success of this sequence, we’ll depart no stone unturned to make sure the well being and security of the squads of Pakistan and South Africa.
Graeme Smith, Director Cricket, Cricket South Africa:
Cricket South Africa's director of cricket, Graeme Smith, says the Pakistani nation loves cricket and is blissful to see groups from many international locations visiting Pakistan, and now South Africa is similar. Will occur in international locations.
He mentioned that he has visited Pakistan many occasions and he is aware of very effectively how a lot the folks right here love cricket.
Graeme Smith mentioned safety delegation from Cricket South Africa had visited Pakistan a couple of weeks in the past and he was very grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for his or her hospitality.
He added that the suggestions and strategies of the safety delegation have guided us lots in deciding on the go to to Pakistan, now they’re trying ahead to the graduation of this memorable go to.
Babar Azam, Captain National Cricket Team:
National cricket staff captain Babar Azam says he’s blissful that South Africa's tour of Pakistan has been confirmed. He mentioned he was trying ahead to main the nationwide staff within the two Test matches within the sequence as it could be the primary time he would have the glory of captaining Pakistan in an important format of cricket at his residence floor.
The captain of the nationwide cricket staff mentioned that he’s blissful that subsequent 12 months Pakistan has to play common cricket in opposition to among the strongest groups on the earth, which is able to assist enhance our staff's world rating.
He added that taking part in cricket in opposition to good and robust groups may even hone the abilities of our gamers.
26th to 30th January, first Test match vs Karachi
4th to eighth February, 2nd Test match vs Rawalpindi
11th February, 1st T20 International match vs Lahore
13th February, 2nd T20 International match Vs Lahore
February 14, third T20 International match vs Lahore