LAHORE: Considering the fact that a lot of people around the world are hit by the latest wave of Covid-19 and many countries have suspended their flights to and from South Africa, there is still a lot on the cards for the Proteas tour to Pakistan and the women’s team tour to South Africa in Jan-Feb next year.
From Jan 11 to Feb 3, Pakistan’s women’s cricket team will tour South Africa to play three One-Day Internationals in Durban and as many T20 matches. After 13 years, South Africa’s men’s team is expected to visit Pakistan from January 16 to Feb 14 to play two Test matches and three T20 matches.
South Africa’s test team will arrive in Karachi on January 16, while their T20 team will reach Lahore on Feb 3, where they will play the first match on Feb 11 after a seven-day quarantine time.
The Pakistan T20 squad will also join the bio-secure bubble in Lahore beginning on Feb 3.
Media PCB Director Sami Burney said that while the condition of the Covid-19 was causing numerous issues, both the Pakistan and South Africa cricket boards were in regular contact and both the tours were still on the card and the tours were not challenged or troublesome.
The spokesman said that because the Sri Lankan cricket team was already in South Africa, playing Saturday’s first test, the South African team was in a bio-secure bubble and would enter Karachi directly to continue in Karachi in another bio-secure bubble environment before beginning the Test series.
Similarly, in Durban (South Africa) and Karachi, women’s teams from both countries were already in a bio-secure bubble setting, he said (Pakistan).
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But when asked as it was not easy to fly under the Covid-19 condition so that the flight operations could adjust the schedule of the trip, he said care would be taken during the journey and routine commercial flights will be used for the tour instead of hiring chartered planes.
It can be mentioned here that the Pakistan team currently in New Zealand flew on commercial flights, resulting in as many as six squad members testing positive on arrival in New Zealand even though they were screened negative before leaving Lahore.