Pakistan will travel to South Africa for a full-fledged bilateral series with the home side. Pakistan’s tour of South Africa commences with the three-match Test series, the first of which will be played on the Boxing Day at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Ahead of the Test series opener, Pakistan will play the three-day practice match in Benoni as well. Apart from three Tests, Pakistan’s tour of South Africa comprises of five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three T20 Internationals. Pakistan will be in South Africa for a span of close to two months.
After the Test series, the two teams will be locked in an ODI series and the tour eventually ends with the three-match T20I series in February next year. Apart from the Centurion, Cape Town and Johannesburg will host the Test matches. ICC Test Rankings: New Zealand Leapfrog, Pakistan Slip to Seventh Position.
Pakistan comes into the series having lost to New Zealand 2-1 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The hosts apparently start as favourites given Pakistan’s recent struggle in the game’s longest format. Pakistan are ranked seventh in the ICC Test Team Rankings while South Africa are at number three.
Here’s the Complete Schedule of PAK vs SA Test, ODI, and T20I series:
|Date||Match & Venue||Time|
|Dec 26, Wed - Dec 30, Sun||1st Test, SuperSport Park, Centurion||1:30 PM IST/ 1:00 PM PKT|
|Jan 03, Thu - Jan 07, Mon||2nd Test, Newlands, Cape Town||2:00 PM IST/ 1:30 PM PKT|
|Jan 11, Fri - Jan 15, Tue||3rd Test, The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||1:30 PM IST/ 1:00 PM PKT|
|Jan 19, Sat||1st ODI, St George's Park, Port Elizabeth||4:30 PM IST/ 4:00 PM PKT|
|Jan 22, Tue||2nd ODI, Kingsmead, Durban||4:30 PM IST/ 4:00 PM PKT|
|Jan 25, Fri||3rd ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion||4:30 PM IST/ 4:00 PM PKT|
|Jan 27, Sun||4th ODI, The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||1:30 PM IST/ 1:00 PM PKT|
|Jan 30, Wed||5th ODI, Newlands, Cape Town||4:30 PM IST/ 4:00 PM PKT|
|Feb 01, Fri||1st T20I, Newlands, Cape Town||9:30 PM IST/ 9:00 PM PKT|
|Feb 03, Sun||2nd T20I, The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||6:00 PM IST/5:30 PM PKT|
|Feb 06, Wed||3rd T20I, SuperSport Park, Centurion||9:30 PM IST/ 9:00 PKT|
Meanwhile, Pakistan have added fast-bowler Mohammad Amir for the South Africa Tests after he was dropped against Australia and New Zealand in the UAE. Also returning is Mohammad Abbas, who missed the third and final Test against New Zealand. Mohammad Hafeez, who recently retired from the Tests, is replaced by opener Shan Masood. Fakhar Zaman also makes his return to Pakistan Test squad. Sarfraz Ahmed will continue to lead the team.
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