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Pakistan to embark on limited-overs trip to South Africa in April 2021
Pakistan tour of South Africa

Pakistan to embark on limited-overs trip to South Africa in April 2021

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed its national team will tour South Africa for three ODIs and as many T20Is in April next year.

The ODI series will constitute as a part of the inaugural ICC World Cup Super League where the top seven teams will earn automatic qualification to the 50-over global event in 2023 alongside hosts India.

The tour was initially scheduled to take place in September-October 2020 but it was postponed in the wake of the deteriorating Covid-19 situation in South Africa.

The last bilateral engagement between the two nations occurred in 2018-19 when Pakistan faced a series defeat in all three forms of the game in South Africa.

The tour also culminated in the unwarranted controversy involving former skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed uttering a racially charged taunt to Andile Phehlukwayo, which resulted in a four-match suspension for the wicketkeeper-batsman.

Meanwhile, the last encounter between the two sides saw Pakistan clinch a 49-run victory in the ICC World Cup last year.

Pakistan achieved their first and only ODI series win in South Africa back in 2013 under the leadership of current head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.

The six white-ball fixtures in the African country will take place prior to Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe, comprising of two Tests and three T20Is. The full schedule of both series will be announced in due course.