Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the schedule for its upcoming tour of South Africa in April 2021. During the course of the tour, the green shirts will play 3 ODIs and 4 T20Is. The ODIs will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches.
Pakistan’s team will depart for the tour on March 26. The first and second game of the 50-over series will be played in Centurion while Johannesburg will host the second one. Matched will be played on 2, 4 and 7 April.
Both teams will then feature in T20I series. Originally Pakistan were scheduled to play 3 T20I but on the request of South African Board have agreed to play an additional game.
Johannesburg will host the opening two matches on 10 and 12 April, while Pretoria will be the venue for the third and fourth T20Is.
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.
PCB’s Director International Cricket, Zakir Khan said, “We are delighted to help assist our fellow member in these challenging times. We all have a collective responsibility to look after the game and its welfare together as ICC Members.
“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.”
CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith said. “We are delighted to finally confirm the dates and full schedule for Pakistan’s white-ball tour to South Africa.
“Pakistan have 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 ‘Betway 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.”