South Africa confirms first tour to Pakistan in 14 years


JOHANNESBURG: The South African men’s cricket team will travel to Pakistan in January-February next year for two Tests and three T20Is, Cricket South Africa confirmed on Wednesday. The last time the two teams met in Pakistan was in 2007 when South Africa beat the hosts 1-0 in a two-match Test series.

The Proteas are scheduled to reach Karachi on January 16, serving out a period of quarantine before taking part in the first Test which starts from January 26 at the National Stadium in Karachi.

The second Test will start on February 4 at Rawalpindi and will subsequently be followed by South Africa’s first-ever T20I series in Pakistan, which will see all the three games played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

“It’s pleasing to see so many countries making a return to Pakistan – a proud, cricket-loving nation.” CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith said.