South Africa Cricket Team visited Pakistan for the first time in 14 years

The South African cricket team arrived in Karachi on Saturday to play two Tests and three T20 Internationals on its first tour of Pakistan in 14 years.

Led by wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, the team was driven out of the airport under state-sponsored security hosted by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Before the departure of the 21-member squad from Johannesburg, there were two Covid 19 Tests, all of which came back negative, and will be further tested on their arrival.

Officials say the squad will remain in isolation until they release the results of the first phase of the first test before starting training at the ground adjacent to their hotel.

According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), after the quarantine period expires, the team will begin practice training at the National Stadium in Karachi.

The first Test between Pakistan and South Africa will be played in Karachi from January 26.

The second Test starts in Rawalpindi on February 4, while Lahore will host all three T20 matches on February 11, 13 and 14.

South Africa head coach Mark Boucher has expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements in Pakistan.

“It simply came to our notice then [security] People go there [to Pakistan] Boucher told reporters before the team’s departure on Friday.

“So there’s no problem on my part, we have to come back and play cricket,” Boucher said during part of South Africa’s last tour of Pakistan in 2007.

International cricket in Pakistan was suspended in March 2009 after a terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.

Sri Lanka toured for two Test matches, before the resumption of Test cricket at the end of 2019, Pakistan has gradually hosted teams again in the last five years.

South Africa team: Quentin de Kock (captain), Temba Bauma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dan Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwayne Pretorius, Casio Maharaj, Longi Engedi, Rasi van der Dawson, Enrich Nortzi, Van Molder, Lotho Spemin, Beaver Cyril Ervie, Kegan Peterson, Tabriz Shamsi, George Linde, Darren Dopplin, Marco Johnson.

Updated: January 16, 2021 — 9:29 am

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