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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced their tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe in coming April.
They will be playing three One Day Internationals and four T20 Internationals. The tour was originally was planned for October 2020. But the series was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The original tour included only three ODIs and three T20Is. However, on the request of Cricket South Africa, the PCB has agreed to play an additional match in the shortest format.
There will be only two tours for this series. The games will be split between the Wanderers in Johannesburg and SuperSport Park in Centurion.
Pakistan will play the three-match ODI series on 2, 4 and 7 April. Centurion will stage the first and third ODIs, while the second match will be played in Johannesburg. The ODIs will be the part of the ongoing ICC World Cup Super League and it will be Pakistan’s second Super League series, after Zimbabwe in 2020. It will be South Africa’s first.
Then following for the T20Is, Johannesburg will host the opening two matches on 10 and 12 April, while Centurion will be the venue for the third and fourth T20Is.
International cricket director, Zakir Khan said:
“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.”
South Africa’s cricket director Graeme Smith also shared his comments on the confirmation on the tour:
“We are delighted to finally confirm the dates and full schedule for Pakistan’s white-ball tour to South Africa.”
“They 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.”
Pakistan will depart for Johannesburg on 26 March.
Pakistan to tour Zimbabwe after South Africa series
Following the tour of South Africa, Pakistan will also tour Zimbabwe for a series of two-Test and three T20I tour to Zimbabwe, which will commence on 17 April.
It will be the first tour to Zimbabwe since 2013, where Pakistan played two T20Is, three ODIs and two Test match series. The last time Pakistan toured Zimbabwe was in 2018 and the last time they played a Test series in Zimbabwe was in 2013, where Zimbabwe draw the series 1-1.
The final schedule will be announced in due time.
Pakistan’s tour of South Africa
2 April – 1st ODI; SuperSport Park, Pretoria
4 April – 2nd ODI; Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
7 April – 3rd ODI; SuperSport Park, Pretoria
10 April – 1st T20I; Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
12 April – 2nd T20I; Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
14 April – 3rd T20I; SuperSport Park, Pretoria
16 April – 4th T20I; SuperSport Park, Pretoria
Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe
From 17th April onwards.
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