Pakistan cricket team will tour South Africa for three ODIs and four T20Is in the month of April, 2021, revealed the country’s cricket board on Friday. The ODIs will be a part of the ICC Super League, a pathway to ensuring direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup, scheduled to be held in India.
Since past few years, the national cricket team has been garnering wide recognition on International cricket platforms, as they continue to conquer one after another supreme squad. Owing to their pitch rocking performances and mesmerizing craft with bat and ball, more and more international crews have been joining hands with PCB for overseas tour. And, with that being said, South African squad also landed in the country lately, after 14 years, for a couple of test and T20I series, which is to be concluded on February 14th.
Here to mention, the green shirts had been giving a tough time to the proteas, and the Quinton De Kock led squad has not been able to defeat Pakistan in any match so far.
Also, with its spectacular victory in test series against SA, Pakistan has managed to secure fifth rank in ICC’s world test championship points table.
However, the cricket combat between Pakistan and South Africa has taken a new turn, as the two squads are all set to go head to head once again in near future. According to Pakistan Cricket Board, PCB’s recent pronouncement, Pakistan will tour the South African grounds in the month of April.
The cricket battle will be held from April 2nd till April 16th, and will consist of three ODIs and Four T20Is. The tour was originally planned for October 2020, however, was postponed due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
Home team will depart for Johannesburg on March 26, and will play the three Super League matches on April 2, 4 and 7. The first and third ODI will be hosted at Pretoria, while the second match will be played in Johannesburg.
Furthermore, the four T20I will commence from April 10th, on two different venues. First two matches will be held at Johannesburg on 10th and 12th April respectively. Following, the third and final will be hosted at Pretoria on April 14th and 16th. Here to mention, the additional fourth T20I was recently added to the Pakistan tour to South Africa roaster, on the request of the hosting bodies.
In addition to this, the PCB said the men’s national team will also play three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches. The South Africa series will be Pakistan’s second series in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, whereas for the hosts, this will be South Africa’s first series in the league.
Talking about the Pakistan tour to South Africa, PCB Director – International Cricket Zakir Khan stated, “We are delighted to help assist our fellow member in these challenging times. We all have a collective responsibility to look after the game and its welfare together as ICC Members,”
“South Africa 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,” he added.
Moreover, CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith also stated, “Pakistan have 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.”
“We are grateful to the PCB for agreeing to our request within a short period of time to increase the length of the trip by adding in a fourth T20, which will give us some much-needed additional international content,” Smith added.