PCB looks to stage South Africa T20Is in Rawalpindi
South Africa would be the latest country to tour Pakistan. It is expected that the Proteas will appear in a series comprised of three Twenty20 Internationals during March this year.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan on Wednesday stated Rawalpindi is set to stage the matches of the series.
“With South Africa expected to tour Pakistan in late March for a three-match T20 series, Rawalpindi is selected as a venue for the matches,”
“The Pindi Cricket Stadium over the past few months has been included in the roaster of venues which have hosted international cricket in the recent years. It will [also] host eight matches of the forthcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL),” he added.
Pakistan media reported the board is planning to make renovations in four venues to make them ready to host international competitions.
“Venues of Lahore and Karachi have been diluted because we have been playing our entire cricket here and because of that the wickets here are also suffering. We now have Rawalpindi as an available venue,” Wasim added.
“For me, it makes sense to go there and play the three T20 matches. I have suggested Rawalpindi as a venue to South Africa and they are comfortable with it.
The PCB official informed head of South African security delegation will visit the country during the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) to witness the arrangements live.
“The tour of South Africa is very much a waiting game now and by the end of the [ongoing] month we should have a clear position. South Africa’s head of security is expected to be in Pakistan during the initial PSL games,” Wasim said.
“For them to go back [to South Africa] and come again won’t be possible so we will have to see whether we can have them sit in the UAE for six or eight days and provide them the support and practice facilities or we fly them straight in here and provide all that here,” the PCB chief executive said.