South Africa announces white-ball tour by Pakistan

The touring team will stay in a bio-secure environment and matches will be confined to two venues – SuperSport Park in Centurion and the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

Pakistan's Hussain Talat (R) leaves the pitch after his dismissal as South African players celebrate during the first Twenty20 cricket match between Pakistan and South Africa at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on 11 February 2021. Picture: Aamir Qureshi/AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Pakistan will play three one-day internationals and four Twenty20 internationals in South Africa during April, Cricket Africa announced on Friday.

The touring team will stay in a bio-secure environment and matches will be confined to two venues – SuperSport Park in Centurion and the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.

The series will bring to an end a home international season heavily affected by COVID-19. England cut short a white-ball tour in December over fears about the virus and Australia withdrew from a planned three-Test tour which was due to take place in March.

The only home international matches played by South Africa during the 2020/21 season so far were three Twenty20 internationals against England and two Test matches against Sri Lanka.

South Africa recently completed a two-Test series in Pakistan and are currently involved in a Twenty20 series in that country.

Cricket South Africa director of cricket Graeme Smith thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board for agreeing to play an additional T20 international after it had originally been planned that just three matches in that format would be held.

“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,” said Smith.

Fixtures:

2 April, first one-day international, Centurion

4 April, second one-day international, Johannesburg

7 April, third one-day international, Centurion

10 April, first Twenty20 international, Johannesburg

12 April, second Twenty20 international, Johannesburg

14 April, third Twenty20 international, Centurion

16 April, fourth Twenty20 international, Centurion

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