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Pakistan To Tour South Africa For 3 T20s, 3 ODIs & 2 Tests In December-January

Pakistan to tour South Africa in December-January (X.com)Pakistan to tour South Africa in December-January (X.com)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed earlier today that Pakistan senior cricket team will tour to South Africa for an extended bilateral series of three T20s, as many ODIs and two Tests later in the year.

Pakistan's cricket team is currently in a rebuilding phase as Babar Azam took over white ball captaincy from Shaheen Afridi earlier this year. His next big assignment is the mega T20 World Cup scheduled in the USA and West Indies in June this year.

That being said, in the latter half of the year, PCB has organised an extended bilateral series with South Africa for which the itinerary was released earlier today by the board. 

The tour itinerary includes 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and 2 Test matches which will commence from 10th December 2024 and last till 7th January 2025. 

The first leg of T20s will be played Durban, Centurion and Johannesburg. Meanwhile, the three ODIs will be contested in Paarl, Cape Town and Jo'Burg. At last, the two teams will be at loggerheads in the Boxing Day Test at Centurion, before summing up the total with New Year's Test at Cape Town. 

South Africa at home are lethal and almost undefeatable. Hence, Pakistan will have to bring their A-game to even stand a chance at a win.

Additionally, the Proteas will also play two Tests versus Sri Lanka in Durban and Gqeberha, apart from hosting four One-Days and two Four-Day games against Sri Lanka A.

The Men in Green's standards have fallen for the longest time due to a lack of stability in the board as well as the team.

However, with Babar Azam back as captain and veteran bowlers Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim having reversed their retirement, Pakistan seems to have a much better and balanced lineup.

While the schedule of the much-anticipated tour has been released, Pakistan's squad for the same has yet to be picked up by PCB. While Babar will lead the white ball team, Shan Masood is expected to continue leading the red ball side.