Pakistan to visit South Africa in April to play World Cup qualifying matches

By: News Desk      Published: 02:29 PM, 12 Feb, 2021
Pakistan to visit South Africa in April to play World Cup qualifying matches

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced the schedule of team’s April series against South Africa during which they will play three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches.

In addition to the three ODIs, which will count towards automatic qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Pakistan will also play four T20Is.

The Pakistan men’s national cricket team will depart for Johannesburg on 26 March and will play the three Super League matches on 2, 4 and 7 April. Centurion will stage the first and third ODIs, while the second match will be played in Johannesburg.

Following the 50-over matches, Pakistan and South Africa will feature in four T20Is. Originally, three T20Is were scheduled, but on the request of Cricket South Africa, the PCB has agreed to play an additional match in the shortest format. 

Johannesburg will host the opening two matches on 10 and 12 April, while Pretoria will be the venue for the third and fourth T20Is.

This will be Pakistan’s second series in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. After defeating Zimbabwe 2-1 in November 2020, Pakistan are sitting fifth on the table. In contrast, this will be South Africa’s first outing in the league. In the 13-side league, each side has to play eight series over a two-year period, including four at home and four away.

The tour to South Africa was originally planned for October 2020, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has now been rescheduled for April, prior to Pakistan’s two Test and three T20I tour to Zimbabwe, which will commence on 17 April.

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa (CSA) also announced an expanded itinerary for the Pakistan’s limited-overs tour on Friday. 

The tour is scheduled to run from April 2 to April 16, with Pakistan arriving in South Africa on March 26 prior to the first game. They will enter a bio-secure environment (BSE) in Gauteng. They will go into a period of quarantine before commencing with inter-squad training. 

“We are delighted to finally confirm the dates and full schedule for Pakistan’s white-ball tour to South Africa,” commented CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith. “Pakistan has 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 ‘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.” 

PCB Director of International Cricket, Zakir Khan added: “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.”  

Tour Schedule

April 2: 1st ODI, SuperSport Park, Pretoria 

April 4: 2nd ODI, Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 

April 7: 3rd ODI, SuperSport Park, Pretoria 

April 10: 1st T20I, Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 

April 12: 2nd T20I, Imperial Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 

April 14: 3rd T20I, SuperSport Park, Pretoria 

April 16: 4th T20I, SuperSport Park, Pretoria