South Africa board has announced a tour of Pakistan after 14 years in which two Tests and three T20 matches will be played.
The South African team will arrive in Karachi on January 16, after which a two-Test series will be played between the two teams, which will be part of the World Test Championship.
The first Test of the series will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi from January 26 to 30, while the second Test of the series will be hosted by Rawalpindi from February 4-8.
After that, a series of three T20 matches between the two teams will be played on February 11, 13, and 14 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
This will be the first visit of the South African team to Pakistan since 2007 where the Proteas won the Karachi Test match by 160 runs and won the series 0-1.
Pakistan has since hosted South Africa twice in 2010 and 2013 in the UAE.
A total of 11 Test series have been played between the two teams since 1995, of which South Africa has won seven, while Pakistan has so far won only one series, which was played in 2003.
This will be the first time that a T20 series will be played between the two teams in Pakistan where the previous two series played in the UAE were won by the South African team.
International cricket has been closed to Pakistan since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009, and Pakistan has not hosted a Test match for 10 years.
However, the Sri Lankan team, which came under attack after a long wait of 10 years, played the first Test in Pakistan when a two-Test series was played between the two teams.
Pakistan Cricket Board Director International Cricket Zakir Khan said that South Africa has agreed to play matches in Pakistan in three different cities, which is good news for Pakistani fans.
He said that it is very welcoming that Pakistan will start 2021 by hosting South Africa and in the same year, we have to host West Indies, New Zealand, and England, and then Pakistan will participate in Asia Cup and T20 World Cup.
He said that the year 2020 was very challenging but despite this Pakistan Cricket Board has successfully conducted 60% of the matches of 21-2020 so far and we have completed all the logistical arrangements for this series under Covid-19 protocols.
Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket and former captain Graeme Smith said he has visited Pakistan many times and knows how much the people here love cricket.
“A few weeks ago, a security delegation from South Africa visited Pakistan and the recommendations and suggestions of the delegation were very helpful in deciding on the visit to Pakistan. Now we are looking forward to a memorable visit,” he said.
Expressing happiness over the South African team’s visit to Pakistan, national team captain Babar Azam said it would be the first time he would have the honor of representing Pakistan in the most important format of cricket at home.
“We are happy that next year the Pakistani team has to play regular cricket against some of the strongest teams in the world, which will help improve the team’s world rankings,” he said.