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PCB consider playing South Africa for a three-T20I series in Rawalpindi
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PCB consider playing South Africa for a three-T20I series in Rawalpindi

PCB chief executive Wasim Khan has proposed Rawalpindi as a venue for the three-match T20I series against South Africa. The challenge, however, will be security and logistical side – Pakistan Super League ends on March 22, while South Africa end their tour of India on March 18.

It will be impossible for South Africa to fly back home and then come to Pakistan for a T20I series. The PCB are planning to make South African side stay in Dubai and then come to Pakistan for the series.

According to PCB CEO, Wasim Khan, CSA’s head of security is expected to visit Pakistan during the initial phases of Pakistan Super League and assess the security situation in the country.

"The tour of South Africa is very much a waiting game now and by the end of the month we should have a clear position," Wasim Khan said in press release issued by the PCB.

"Their head of security is expected in Pakistan during the initial games of the Pakistan Super League. He has all the security plans for each of the different venues.

"He and the board of South Africa are very comfortable with touring. We have to make it work logistically as South Africa finish the tour of India on 18 March and we don't finish the PSL till March 22. For them to go back and come again won't be possible so we will have to see whether we can have them sit in the UAE [...] and provide them the support and practice facilities, or we fly them straight in here and provide all that here."

Wasim added that the venues in Lahore and Karachi were diluted because of the excessive cricket played, which left the pitches suffering due to wear and tear. "Lahore and Karachi venues have been diluted because we have been playing our entire cricket here and because of that the wickets here are also suffering," said Wasim.

"We now have Rawalpindi as a venue available. For me, it makes sense to go there and play the three matches. I have suggested Rawalpindi as a venue to South Africa and they are comfortable with the suggestion."

South Africa last toured Pakistan in 2007, and have played two bilateral series in 2010 and 2013 in the UAE.