LAHORE: Pakistan cricket squad will leave for the tour of South Africa via Dubai in the wee hours of Thursday.
During the tour which ends on Feb 6, the visitors will play three Test matches, five One-day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.
Karachi based players including skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq will travel from Karachi. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah will join the team on Dec 20 due to personal reasons.
After featuring in a three-day warm-up against a South Africa Invitational XI at Benoni from Dec 19 to 21, the tourists play the first Test at Centurion from Dec 26. The second Test will be staged in Cape Town from Jan 3 to 7 while the third Test is in Johannesburg from Jan 11 to 15. The Test rubber will be followed by the ODI and T20 series.
Dec 19-21: Three-day match vs SA Invitation XI, Benoni
Dec 26-30: First Test, Centurion
Jan 3-7: Second Test, Cape Town
Jan 11-15: Third Test, Johannesburg
Jan 19: First ODI, Port Elizabeth
Jan 22: Second ODI, Durban
Jan 25: Third ODI, Centurion
Jan 27: Fourth ODI, Johannesburg
Jan 30: Fifth ODI, Cape Town
Feb 1: First Twenty20, Cape Town
Feb 3: Second Twenty20, Johannesburg
Feb 6: Third Twenty20, Centurion.
Published in Dawn, December 13th, 2018