South African cricket team arrives in Pakistan after 14 years

KARACHI: The South African cricket team has reached Pakistan to play a bilateral series after a long gap of 14 years.

South Africa’s 38-member squad has reached Karachi on a special flight. The Proteas are led by wicketkeeper-batsman Quentin de Kock.

The South African cricket team will play 2 Tests and 3 T20 Internationals against Pakistan. The first Test between the two teams will be played on January 26 in Karachi while the second Test will start on February 4 in Rawalpindi. Both Test matches in the series will be part of the ICC World Test Championship. The three T20 International matches of the series will be played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The matches will take place on February 11, 13, and 14.

Proteas players will complete their quarantine period in Karachi, after which they will be allowed to participate in training sessions and intra-squad practice matches. During the tour of Pakistan, the South African team will be provided security equal to that of an official guest.

It should be noted that the South African cricket team is visiting Pakistan after 14 years. The last time South Africa came to Pakistan was in 2007 but there have been mutual relations between the two countries and Pakistan has hosted South Africa in the United Arab Emirates. A total of 11 Test series have been played between the two teams since 1995. South Africa has won seven of the 11 while Pakistan has won one.

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