February 26, 2003

South Africa confirm Pakistan tour

Our Sports Correspondent

LAHORE, Feb 25: The South African Cricket Board has confirmed a 35-day tour to Pakistan from Sept 22 to Oct 28. Cricket in Pakistan suffered a major blow after 9/11 as with the exception of New Zealand in 2002 , no other team toured the country due to major security concerns.

New Zealand, could also not complete its tour after a suicide bomb blast occurred in Karachi on the same day when the third and final Test was to start.

A Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman, said on Tuesday that South Africa will play three Tests and just as many One-day Internationals besides one three dayer and a warm up one-day match during the tour.

The venues of the matches will be decided later.

Itinerary (without venues):

Sept 22: Arrival.

Sept 23: Practice.

Sept 24: One-day practice match.

Sept 25: Practice.

Sept 26: First ODI.

Sept 27-28: Travel/ Practice.

Sept 29: Second ODI.

Sept 30: Travel/Practice.

Oct 1: Practice.

Oct 2: Third ODI.

Oct 3-4: Travel/ Practice.

Oct 5-7: Three day tour match.

Oct 8: Practice.

Oct 9-13: First Test.

Oct 14-15: Travel/Practice.

Oct 16-20: Second Test.

Oct 21-22: Travel/Practice.

Oct 23-27: Third Test.

Oct 28: Departure.