Pakistan is likely to experience their first high-profile visit since the time international cricket resumed in the nation regularly since last October. Cricket South Africa is contemplating to send their team in January next year; however, will evaluate the security and COVID-19 situation before that. South Africa last toured Pakistan in 2007 with the visitors winning both the Test and ODI series.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that the South African authorities would visit Pakistan during the remaining fixtures of Pakistan Super League 2020. Due to the explosion of COVID-19 situation in Pakistan, PCB had to postpone the 2020 edition of PSL after the group stage. The rest of the tournament’s matches will take place from the 14th to 17th of November.
A reliable source from PCB stated that it is a highly encouraging sign that Cricket South Africa is contemplating sending their team while their Board is also regularly updating them about the security and COVID-19 situation. The PCB remains confident that the spread of pandemic remains under control.
“It is a good sign that Cricket South Africa is sending a delegation although the board has already been regularly briefing them on the security and COVID-19 situation in Pakistan which is under control,” the source stated as quoted by Times Now.
PCB keen to host South Africa for Tests:
It remains undecided for now whether Pakistan will host the Proteas for which format with the PCB expressing their desire to stage Test matches against them. The schedule will come out only if the South African delegation clears the team to visit Pakistan.
“It is still not decided whether South Africa will only play white-ball matches in Pakistan or also some Tests. The PCB is keen to have Tests against them at home. But the schedule of both tours would be finalised once the delegation gives the clearance to their board,” the source added.