KARACHI (92 News) – The South African Cricket Board has agreed to visit Pakistan but the announcement of schedule will be held after the written proposal.
It is noteworthy that 92 News already published the news regarding tour of Proteas on November27.
Addressing a press conference in Karachi, Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan hinted towards strong possibilities of a tour by South Africa team by end of March for three T20Is.
“I will being today’s press conference with a good news,” Wasim said. “MCC is sending its team to Pakistan in February 2020, team will be led by former Sri Lankan Cricketer Kumar Sangakkara and it will play series of matches in Lahore,” the PCB CEO confirmed.
This will be MCC’s first visit to Pakistan in more than four decades. The last time a Marylebone Cricket Club toured Pakistan was in 1973.
A statement from MCC stated that the concept of a tour to Pakistan has been a long-stated aim of the its World Cricket committee, with members having expressed an interest in helping Pakistan during the country’s exile from hosting international cricket.
“At the MCC World Cricket committee meeting held at Lord’s in August, the WCC re-affirmed their support in seeing touring sides return to Pakistan – with security analysis being a prerequisite – following a presentation and discussion with Wasim Khan,” the statement said.
He also confirmed that Cricket South Africa has also initially agreed to send its team for a short tour to Pakistan in March next year. However, there’re few things yet to be finalized in that regard.
“We have been speaking to South Africa about playing three T20s
in Pakistan at the end of March. Their board has signed it off we are just waiting for the players to confirm if they’re happy. They have some changes in their leadership. Their CEO has changed, they going to have a new CEO soon and we will have good news on that in the next few weeks,” said Wasim Kan.
He said that PCB in is communication with Bangladesh Cricket Board about next month’s tour and confirmed that there are some reluctance by Bangladeshis.
“They don’t have any issues in playing T20Is but they’re showing reluctances in playing Test Cricket. I have asked them why they have problems in playing Test cricket in Pakistan,” Wasim said.
“Hopefully we will have “A” team from Australia touring to Pakistan before that. We are also in talks with other boards for our A team’s tour,” Wasim said while announcing that Pakistan A team will now be known as “Pakistan Shaheens”.