Pakistan releases South Africa cricket series schedule

The series will be played in UAE and includes two Tests, five one-days and two Twenty20s.


Afp July 09, 2013
A file photo of Pakistani batsman Mohammad Hafeez and South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher at the Abu Dhabi cricket stadium. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Pakistan has announced the schedule for its series against South Africa in October, involving two Tests, five one-day matches and two Twenty20 games.

The series will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Pakistan's de facto home grounds for international cricket since 2009.

Pakistan have been forced to play abroad because foreign teams have refused to tour the country since gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009.

This will be South Africa's second series against Pakistan in the UAE, following two Tests, five one-days and two Twenty20s in 2010.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has said that the matches will be played between October 14 and November 15.

South Africa, ranked number one in Tests, will open the tour with a three-day warm-up match before the first Test in Abu Dhabi on October 14.

Schedule:

The schedule for the Pakistan-South Africa cricket series is as follows.

5 Oct: South African team arrival

8-10 Oct: Three-day warm-up match (venue to be decided)

14-18 Oct: 1st Test - Abu Dhabi

23-27 Oct: 2nd Test - Dubai

30 Oct: 1st one-day international - Sharjah

1 Nov: 2nd one-day international - Dubai

6 Nov: 3rd one-day international - Abu Dhabi

8 Nov: 4th one-day international - Abu Dhabi

11 Nov: 5th one-day international - Sharjah

13 Nov: 1st T20 - Dubai

15 Nov: 2nd T20 Dubai

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