South Africa match marks 'monumental moment' for Pakistan cricket

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 24, 2021

The second Test is in Rawalpindi from February 4-8 followed by three Twenty20 internationals in Lahore on February 11, 13, and 14. "But as a senior player, my advice to them is to trust their skills and stick with that they are doing to do well", said Azhar.

"I don't think it's possible to continue from bubble to bubble to bubble, I've seen and heard a lot of players talk about it".

According to a Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) release, the proposed tour, "which is subject to approval from the government of Zimbabwe due to the COVID-19 restrictions now in place", will comprise three ODIs, on February 11, 13, and 15, and two T20Is, on February 18 and 20.

"But ZC, having already successfully hosted domestic competitions in a controlled environment, will host the Pakistan women series in a bio-secure bubble in order to greatly minimise the risk of the coronavirus spreading".

"For now, (I'm) enjoying the four walls of my room and then the pitch outside where we can get to do what we love", du Plessis said.

Faf du Plessis, South Africa's 36-year-old batsman said he really wants to play his "best cricket" as the team prepares for the two-Test series against Pakistan. Pakistan last hosted South Africa in 2007.

South Africa will play their first Test in Pakistan for 14 years this week at Karachi as global cricket was suspended following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team's bus in Lahore in 2009.

Pakistan will play their last match against South Africa on February 3, following which they will play three one-dayers and two T20Is against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Foreign teams refused to tour the terror-hit country on security fears before Test cricket was revived for the first time in a decade with the visit of Sri Lanka in December 2019. Pakistan faced defeat in both the Tests against New Zealand and came out victorious in only one T20I on tour.

"Our biggest challenge would be the conditions that we could face because they are unknown to us", he said.

Du Plessis has picked fit-again Pakistan all-format captain Babar Azam and fast bowler Shaheen Afridi as the two players who could pose problems for the tourists.

"Afridi has been getting a lot of wickets, so probably someone like him would be pretty risky".

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