Cricket-South Africa announce Pakistan limited overs tour in April

PUBLISHED: Fri, 12 Feb 2021 08:25:42 GMT

CAPE TOWN, Feb 12 (Reuters) – South Africa have announced the schedule for a seven-game limited overs tour by Pakistan in April, providing a chance to return to play following Australia’s decision to pull out of a three-test series in the country next month.

South Africa and Pakistan will contest three One-Day Internationals between Apr. 2-7, which will be followed by four Twenty20 Internationals from Apr. 10-16 to close the home side’s summer season.

All games will be played on the Highveld in either Johannesburg or Pretoria, with the teams entering a bio-secure environment to quarantine from Mar. 26.

The series will provide much-needed revenue for Cricket South Africa, who are reeling from the financial fall-out of Australia’s withdrawal, the latter citing COVID-19 fears.

“We are delighted to help 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 ICC Members,” Pakistan’s director of international cricket Zakir Khan said in a media release from CSA on Friday.

South Africa recently completed a two-test tour of Pakistan and are currently engaged in a three-match Twenty20 series. It is their first visit to the country since a militant attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009.

Pakistan tour schedule to South Africa:

Apr. 2: 1st ODI, Pretoria

Apr. 4: 2nd ODI, Johannesburg

Apr. 7: 3rd ODI, Pretoria

Apr. 10: 1st T20, Johannesburg

Apr. 12: 2nd T20, Johannesburg

Apr. 14: 3rd T20, Pretoria

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Apr. 16: 4th T20, Pretoria (Reporting by Nick Said Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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