• PCB invites Proteas to Pakistan

    The Pakistan Cricket Board has invited the Proteas to tour for a T20I series in March 2020.

    International cricket wasn’t played in Pakistan for several years after a terror attack on the touring Sri Lankans’ team bus in 2009. Teams have gradually started to return, though. Sri Lanka even toured the country last month.

    ‘We are hopeful they will come in late March as the series will also help both teams prepare for the T20 World Cup in October 2020,’ the Kaleej Times quoted PCB chief executive officer Wasim Khan as saying.

    ‘The gates to international cricket returning properly to Pakistan are open and there is no doubt that the recent tour by the Sri Lanka team to play the T20I and ODI series has helped us a lot.’

    The Proteas’ first match of the T20 World Cup in Australia next year will be against India.

    The fixtures and match-ups for the tournament were finalised recently, following the completion of the qualifier event in the United Arab emirates.

    ‘We are thrilled to be welcoming Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Oman, Papua New Guinea and Scotland to Australia for the T20 World Cup 2020,’ said local organising committee chief executive officer Nick Hockley.

    ‘We know that all 16 teams will receive the warmest welcome and fantastic support from fans living here in Australia and those visiting from around the world.’

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