Following a Test series debacle against New Zealand, Pakistan Cricket Team will depart for South Africa tonight to face an even tougher series as the visitors have never won a Test series there since January 95.
Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan Test Squad; however, won’t have the record-breaker Yasir Shah while travelling to South Africa tonight. His delayed departure is caused by some personal engagements, and he will join the Squad on December 20.
Therefore, Yasir Shah will not available for a three-day Tour Match against Cricket South Africa Invitation XI at Benoni from December 19-21.
Pakistan’s Tour to South Africa will officially begin with a three-match Test series on December 26 at Centurion.
TOUR DE SOUTH AFRICA:
Pakistan Test team will depart tomorrow Dec13th early morning flight to Dubai from Lahore.
Karachi players will travel from Karachi.
Yasir Shah will travel on 20th December due to family commitments.#SAvsPak #letthepartybegin
— Sawera Pasha (@sawerapasha) December 12, 2018
It is 11th Test series between the two teams since 1995, and Pakistan’s Sixth tour to South Africa which also include Test matches.
As aforementioned, Pakistan has toured South Africa five times in the past for Test series; however, the former never won any of them.
Even out of overall 10 Test series between them held all over the World, Pakistan managed to seal victory in just one series when South Africa visited Pakistan in October 2003 for a two-match series.
Out of 23 Test matches between them, Pakistan has won just four while South Africa sealed triumphs in 12 matches.
The upcoming three-match Test series will be held in Centurion, Cape Town and Johannesburg where Pakistan has yet to taste a Test victory.
The first Test will be played at Centurion from December 26-30, 2018; the second at Cape Town from January 3-7, 2019; and the third at Johannesburg from January 11-15, 2019.
Later, five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three T20 Internationals will also be played between the two teams.