Pakistan Hopeful of South Africa Touring Them in the Next 12 Months

Pakistan Hopeful of South Africa Touring Them in the Next 12 Months

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It’s been more than a decade since Pakistan has hosted a full international cricket series. Ever since the horrific events in 2009 when Sri Lankan cricket team had been a victim of the terror attacks, few cricketing nations have agreed to touch the Pakistani shores. However, recent reports implicate that the PCB has approached Cricket South Africa to play a series in Pakistan within the next year.

The South African team hasn’t paid a visit to Pakistan since the year 2007; however, the present skipper Faf Du Plessis, lead a World XI side in Lahore a couple of years ago. As per reports, PCB managing director Wasim Khan sent an invitation to Cricket South Africa. They also requested Sri Lanka to visit the nation to play two matches in the most extended format of the game later this year. As suggested by Cricinfo, the two-Test series will be a part of the ICC Test Championship.

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Teams have evaded touring Pakistan.

The unconfirmed tour doesn’t feature any particular format as of now; nonetheless, the PCB would be pleased to accept any version as long as international games are hosted. Since the horrific incident of events in 2009, very few sides have agreed to play in Pakistan.

In the year 2015, Zimbabwe visited the sub-continent nation to compete in four limited-over matches. Among other international parties, World XI landed in 2017 while Sri Lanka and West Indies toured Pakistan in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

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Meanwhile, both Pakistan and South Africa didn’t have an ideal start to their World Cup campaign. Both of these sides lost their opening match against Windies and England respectively. Thus, both the teams will like to turn the tables in their upcoming match.

South Africa is currently playing its second match against Bangladesh. On the other hand, Pakistan will take on hosts England in their second match of the ODI showpiece.