South Africa eye brief tour of Pakistan right after PSL 2020

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South African cricket authorities are seriously considering sending their national team for a brief tour of Pakistan immediately after the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020, ESPN reported on Thursday.

Cricket South Africa (CSA), as per the publication, will send a delegation to Pakistan either in February or March to assess the security arrangements, and take a decision based on its findings.

Security expert Rory Steyn is expected to be a part of the delegation, which will closely monitor the security arrangements as well as logistical details, either during the PSL or when the Bangladesh team visits Pakistan for a Test series.

The Proteas last toured Pakistan in Pakistan in 2007, although several of its cricketers and at least one coach — Russell Domingo — have been to Pakistan during this time, the former to play PSL and the latter with the Bangladesh team as their coach earlier this month.

It is believed that South Africa are interested in playing a T20I series in Pakistan — generally to give its players some more exposure to the 20-over format as this is a World T20 year, but also because their superstar batsman AB de Villiers is rumoured to be interested in un-retiring, which is where the series against Pakistan could potentially serve as his warm-up.

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