Cricket South Africa has announced that they will host Pakistan for an expanded limited over series. The tour that gets underway on April 2 will comprise of 3 ODIs and 4 T-20s. Pakistan will reach South Africa on March 26 and enter into the bio secure environment in Gauteng before resuming their inter squad training. All the matches of the series will be played in the SuperSport Park in Centurion and Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
.“We are delighted to finally confirm the dates and full schedule for Pakistan’s white ball tour to SA‚” said CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith.
“Pakistan has proved their status over the years as one of the most dangerous limited-overs teams and I’m sure they will give the Proteas a stern test on the Highveld.
“We will also have the much-anticipated ‘Betway Pink ODI’ take place during the tour and that is something further to look forward to for the players‚ the fans and all those associated with this iconic day.
Smith further said that he’s grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board for accepting their request to expand the tour. The series was originally planned for 3 ODI’s and 3 T20Is.
“We are grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for agreeing to our request to increase the length of the trip by adding a fourth T20‚ which will give us much-needed additional international content.”
Further, PCB’s director of International cricket Zakir Khan said that Pakistan take honours in in helping their fellow countries in their plight to survive.
“We are delighted to assist our fellow member countries in their plight to survive. We all have a collective responsibility to look after the game and its welfare together as International Cricket Council members.
“SA and Pakistan’s relationship is a long-standing and mutually valued one‚ and it was an easy decision for us to accommodate their request. We’re all looking forward to a successful tour.”
South Africa are currently in Pakistan, playing a 3 match T20 series. They suffered a close 3 run loss to the host in the series opener. They’d be looking to bounce back in the remaining two matches of the series.