South Africa is going to tour Pakistan after 14 years from January 26 to February 14, 2021. Both sides are scheduled to play three Test match series in Karachi and Rawalpindi and then three T20 internationals in Lahore.
Director of Cricket South Africa (CSA), Graeme Smith on Friday revealed that the Proteas will use two different squads on the Pakistan tour. The team management wants its Test squad members to return home early so that they can begin their quarantine period ahead of the home series against Australia.
“When you work on biosecure environment protocols for Covid-19, you work with other member nations and if member nations don’t support each other and play cricket, cricket’s going to find itself in a very challenging space,” Smith said in a virtual press conference.
“Your objective is to find the protocols that work for both. In working with Cricket Australia (CA), we’ve come to a lot of those medical conclusions and how that’s going to look. There will be an initial quarantine period before that series. Unfortunately, we would have to play two different squads at the time,” he added.
The dates of the three-match Test series between South Africa and Australia are yet to be confirmed. The South African team is currently in Pakistan to play two Tests and three T20Is, commencing from January 26. After the conclusion of the second Test, the Proteas Test squad will leave Pakistan and a separate squad will play the three T20Is in Pakistan on February 11, 13, and 14.
South Africa Squad Against Pakistan For Test and T20I
Quinton de Kock (c), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Daryn Dupavillon, Marco Jansen
Heinrich Klaasen (c), Nandre Burger, Ryan Rickleton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Okuhle Cele, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, George Linde, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Jon-Jon Smuts, Pite van Biljon, Glenton Stuurman, Jacques Snyman.