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SA visit Pakistan after 13 yrs  

 Sports Desk

 Published: 05:51 PM, 16 January 2021  

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The South African cricket team arrived in Karachi on Saturday morning to play two Tests and three Twenty20 internationals, making their first tour of Pakistan in 13 years. 

Cricket South Africa (SA) had earlier said in a statement that the team would leave for Pakistan on January 15 and SA will complete their quarantine phase in Karachi before the practice and match between themselves.

The 21-member squad had two Covid-19 tests before their departure from Johannesburg which all came back negative, and they will be further tested on their arrival.

The South African cricket team is visiting Pakistan for the first time since 2007/08, however, in 2017, the World XI toured Pakistan led by Faf du Plessis. It was a significant international match in 2009 after a terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore.

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

South Africa head coach Mark Boucher has visited Pakistan three times as a player while SA gained two triumphs but lost a series. 

Pakistan and South Africa will play the first Test in Karachi from January 26. The second Test starts in Rawalpindi from February 4 while Lahore will host all three Twenty20 internationals on February 11, 13 and 14.

South Africa will announce a separate squad for the T20 series next week.

South Africa squad: Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Daryn Dupavillon, Marco Jansen.