KARACHI:

The last time South Africa performed any type of cricket in Pakistan, Inzamamul Haq, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf built the strong middle-order for the Males in Pakistan team. Kamran Akmal and Muhammad Hafeez had been the openers in Tests and Imran Nazir was slogging on the top of the order within the ODIs, and consider it or not Shoaib Malik was the captain in each codecs.

If you happen to have a look at the bowling division, Muhammad Asif, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir and Iftikhar Anjum had been the first-choice bowlers throughout each codecs, whereas the now-banned leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was playing at the position that Yasir Shah plays today.

If all that makes you are feeling nostalgic, then additionally contemplate the truth that present head coach and former Test captain Misbahul Haq had simply made an entry into the nationwide fray.

It will even be appropriate to say that in 2007, the ICC organized the first-ever T20I World Cup, which paved the way in which for the admittance of T20Is in bilateral series. Earlier than that solely Tests and ODIs had been part of the bilateral series.

And so Pakistan performed two Tests and 5 ODIs with South Africa. The 1st Test was performed in Karachi and South Africa won it by 160 runs all due to centuries in every innings by fabulous Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis. The following Test in Lahore was a draw as Pakistan misplaced the series 1-0.

Then got here the ODIs. South Africa began the series with a win in Lahore, Pakistan won the subsequent two matches in Lahore and Faisalabad, respectively, to take lead within the series. Nevertheless, South Africa bagged wins within the subsequent two matches in Multan and Lahore to finish the tour with a 3-2 win in ODIs.

It has been approx. 14 years since this occurred and Pakistan will likely be trying to avenge the defeat once they face the Proteas with a home benefit, though a fan-less one.

In the meantime, on the notice of restoration of worldwide cricket in Pakistan, one should reward former PCB chairman Najam Sethi for laying the foundations after which Ehsan Mani and co for building on it. Sethi turned the dream of Pakistan Tremendous League right into a actuality, one thing many PCB chiefs earlier than him tried to attain, however couldn’t get previous the planning part. Sethi’s execution of the PSL plan may be thought of because the keystone of restoration of worldwide cricket in Pakistan after the 2009 assault on Sri Lankan team bus had left cricket grounds abandoned for almost seven years.

The method of return of cricketing nations to Pakistan has been sluggish, however South Africa’s arrival will open the floodgate as they’re the primary massive cricket-playing country to tour Pakistan after 2009.

The England team will shortly comply with go well with and play T20Is in Pakistan earlier than the shortest format’s World Cup this yr and one can anticipate that Australia would be the subsequent nation to come back and expertise the hospitality of the Pakistani nation.

South Africa’s go to Pakistan will deliver again the recollections of their 2007 tour for persons who had been within the stadium 14 years earlier, nonetheless, it would additionally serve the aim of bringing the sport on the doorstep of the youth who’ve grown up without watching worldwide stars tour their country to play cricket.

Followers could not be capable to bunch the stadiums to see Pakistan host South Africa at home as a result of Covid-19, however it is not going to take any gleam away from the truth that the Proteas enjoying cricket within the country is a win-win scenario for everybody.

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