Cape Town: South Africa will play two Tests and three T20 Internationals for the first time in 13 years on their tour of Pakistan next month, officials confirmed on Wednesday.
The five-day match is part of the ICC Test Championship and will end on February 14 in Karachi (January 26-30) and Rawalpindi (February 4-8) at the same venue before the T20 matches and February 14 in Lahore. .
International cricket has returned to Pakistan in the past 15 months following the deaths of six policemen and two civilians in the wake of the terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan bus in Lahore in 2009.
While the country will host Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe from September 2019, England have recently announced a two-match 20-over series in October, in preparation for the T20 World Cup in India.
“Many countries are delighted to see Pakistan returning – a proud, cricket-loving nation,” South African cricket director Graeme Smith said in a statement.
“I would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for the hospitality and transparency they showed our security forces when they traveled there a few weeks ago.
“The report on their findings and recommendations gives us confidence that our team’s security, game and accommodation will be the first priority for the well-being of the team.”
Pakistani captain Babur Azam set aside the thrills of playing at home and said the tour was an opportunity for his team to test their progress in two forms.
“I am delighted that South Africa has confirmed Pakistan’s tour and I look forward to my country’s leadership in the Home Test for the first time,” Azam said in a press release from PCB.
“Looking at the calendar of international cricket in 2021, I am happy that we are playing more against the teams above us.
“This is crucial not only for our learning and development but also for the opportunity to improve our rankings in all its forms.”

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