Pakistan in South Africa 2013-14 November 5, 2013

Pakistan to tour South Africa in November

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cricket South Africa and the Pakistan Cricket Board have announced a three-match ODI and a two-match T20 series between the two countries which will take place in South Africa later this month. The series was arranged following the announcement of the shortened tour by India to South Africa.

The proposal for a short, limited-overs series was put forward to Cricket South Africa by the PCB's interim management committee in late October. The series was planned during a two-week window in November after the two sides wrap up their current bilateral series in the UAE on November 15; South Africa didn't have anything scheduled till the India series begins on December 5, while Pakistan's next assignment would have been Sri Lanka in the UAE from December 11.

Until yesterday, it was understood that the plan for the series was scrapped due to the PCB's ongoing administration crisis - its top decision-making officials had been suspended by the courts for an indefinite period - which had prevented it from making a commitment to the tour. However, with the Islamabad High Court ruling on Monday that the board's interim management committee can function pending the verdict in the case, it is understood the PCB sanctioned the tour at the earliest opportunity. Najam Sethi, the head of the interim management committee, had told a Pakistan television channel that CSA had offered the PCB US$1.5million to host them.

South Africa were originally due to play three Tests, seven ODIs and two T20s against India, which was cut to two Tests and three ODIs. As a result, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and East London lost their fixtures. Cape Town has been compensated with an ODI and a T20, but the smaller venues all miss out. CSA has likely stuck with the bigger venues for the Pakistan series, as they are hoping to draw in bigger crowds. CSA were expected to lose R200 million (US$ 20m approx.) owing to the curtailed India tour, this series could be a way to make some of that up.

CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the board was happy with the final line-up of matches for South Africa's home season. "We are really happy to have a full international fixture list for the 2013-14 season with five Test matches, six ODI's and five T20s," he said. "This was important for our team as they prepare for global events.

"We have also done our best to give all our venues a fair chance, bearing in mind that we have practical and logistical issues to deal with."

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  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    cricketstarbest - you are very narrow minded

  • Biba on November 7, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @ZB88...FYI, In that tour earlier this year, Pakistan was beaten comprehensively only in tests. 5 ODIs remained 3-2 to SA and that too the series was decided in the last match (including some close encounters). While the only T20 was won by PAK comprehensively getting SA all out in just 12 overs which is a record in T20 to date. So, Pak would not be an easy picking for SA to climb up the ranking when it comes to limited over cricket (specially T20 where Pak is ranked much higher than SA) and this tour is containing only limited over cricket and NOT meant mere money like Indian cricket.

  • Z on November 6, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Pakistan toured SA earlier in the year and lost compreshensively. Pakistan has never taken to the conditions and CSA knows this. This tour is more about the money than the cricket - $1.5million to PCB. Pakistan is easy picking for SA to climb up the ODI/T20 rankings.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    This is nice to see few more matches between quality teams. I will sugguest to PCB arrange a similar kind of tour to Bangladesh in March 2014 before T20WC. It will be great for Pakistan and Bangladesh TEAMS.

  • Shahab on November 6, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Its good to play more against tuff competitors. PCB should try out young player in ODI's atleast and focus on T20's with WC in mind. Good luck.

  • Dummy4 on November 6, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Pity there are no tests at Newlands, I would have snapped up those tickets instantly! Would have loved to have seen the likes of Irfan steaming in with the new red ball, testing our batsmen..The Pakistan team as a whole have learnt a lot about SA and it would have been a cricketing treat! I'll still try and make the ODI though.

  • jhg on November 6, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Please send a team of youngsters on this series, there is nothing to lose, Sohaib Maqsood, Sharjeel Khan, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, Sadaf Husain, Ahmad Jamal, Harris Sohail deserve a chance before they become old and then get a chance to play international cricket same like, Misbah, Ajmal and Zulfiqar Babar.

  • Tahir on November 6, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    @t20cric: I think both teams will not rest any of their main players so that they are in rhytm before series with india and sri lanka. All eyes are on SA to whitewash india in all formats of the game despite field restricitons and two new balls.

  • MOHAMMED on November 6, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    PCB have decided to play this series because they want Pakistan to lose this series also as every one knows that Pak cannot win series against SA.

  • Qaasim on November 5, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    As good a idea this tour is I think we should rest Ajmal, Irfan etc from this tour because we have a tough series gainst Sri Lanka next month. So it would be best to send the younger players essentially an A team with youngsters like Haris, Babar, Umar Waheed, Usman Sallhudin, Raza Hasan, Bilawal etc. But good on the PCB and CSA for arranging this tour.

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