Cricket South Africa (CSA) director Graeme Smith had announced earlier this week that the national team would visit Pakistan next year to play two Tests and three T20Is. It would be after 14 years that the Proteas tours the sub-continent nation, which is gradually witnessing the influx of international teams after a decade-long hiatus. Graeme Smith revealed he is pleased to see top-level cricket resuming in Pakistan.
Graeme Smith was the captain back in 2007 when South Africa visited Pakistan and enjoyed success too. The tourists beat the men in green in the two-Test series by 1-0 and won the five-match ODI leg by 3-2 scoreline. South Africa is the second SENA country after England which has decided to tour Pakistan after some lengthy discussions. The England Cricket Board (ECB) had already announced a short tour of white-ball games in late 2021.
South Africa’s tour of Pakistan next year kickstarts with the first of the two Tests in Karachi from the 26th of January and the second in Rawalpindi on the 4th of February. The Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore will stage all three T20 internationals on the 11th, 13th, and 14th of February.
It’s pleasing to see so many countries making a return to Pakistan: Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith underlined that it is indeed pleasing to see plenty of countries playing in Pakistan, which he labelled as a proud, cricket-loving nation. Smith, who reveals to have visited the country on multiple occasions, remains aware of the passion the people have alongside the support the Proteas enjoy as a team.
“It’s pleasing to see so many countries making a return to Pakistan – a proud, cricket-loving nation. Cricket South Africa is delighted to be counted among them. As someone who has toured the country on more than one occasion back in my playing days, I know how much passion the people of Pakistan have for the game as well as the love and support that the Proteas enjoy there as a team,” the 39-year old said as quoted by a Pakistan Cricket Board press release.