Cricket South Africa (CSA) has revealed that Pakistan Cricket Team will tour the Rainbow Nation for a white-ball leg in April. The tour will consist of three One-Day Internationals and four T20 Internationals from April 2 to April 16.
The Men in Greens will land in South Africa on March 26 and will enter a biosecure environment, most likely to be the Irene Country Club, where Sri Lanka also stayed. Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg and SuperSport Park in Centurion will be the host to all the matches of the tour.
Pakistan to tour South Africa in April
Meanwhile, originally, the tour was scheduled to take place in October last year. However, both boards decided to post the series amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, the T20I series was planned for 3 matches; however, the host board asked the PCB to add another short format match.
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The ODI series will be part of the ICC Super League, which is a pathway for direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup scheduled to take place in India. The second ODI will a Pink Day match at the Wanderers, where funds will be raised for breast cancer treatment.
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,” said Graeme Smith, South Africa’s director of cricket.
“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 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,” he added.
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Meanwhile, the South African cricketers are expected to miss the first week of IPL 2021 with the series scheduled to end on April 16 and due to the quarantine rules in place.