ISLAMABAD: First ODI will be played tomorrow on April 02, Friday between pakistan and South Africa. Babar Azam’s team will take on South Africa in a three-match ODI series at Johannesburg and Pretoria from 2-7 April.
This will be the first time these two countries will come play each other in international 50-over cricket since the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 when Pakistan won by 49 runs at the iconic Lord’s, says PCB.
The first ODI between the two teams will be the 80th ODI between the two teams since they first faced-off in the format in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 1992.
Former captain Sarfraz Ahmed is likely to play One Day International (ODI) matches against South Africa, Geo News, citing sources, reported on Wednesday.
The series starts with a one-day international in Centurion on Friday.
The former captain is expected to take charge as a wicket-keeper and Mohammad Rizwan as a batsman. However, the management is mulling over including Muhammad Rizwan on number 4 and Sarfraz on number 5.
To make the final decision regarding Sarfaraz’s inclusion in the team, head coach Misbah ul Haq, national team captain Babar Azam and other officials are discussing the prospects.
Haider Ali or Asif Ali will be dropped from the squad in case Sarfraz is playing, the sources added.
Pakistan’s Schedule in South Africa & Records:
According to details, the 34-member squad included 21 players and 13 team officials.
On the South Africa tour, Pakistan will play three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League matches from 2-7 April and four T20Is from 10-16 April in Centurion and Johannesburg.
Green Shirts will then depart for Harare for three T20Is and two Tests, before returning home on 12 May.
1,116 – Mohammad Yousuf has the most runs for Pakistan in ODIs against South Africa. He brought up 1,116 runs against them at an average of 34.87 and scored two centuries and nine half-centuries.
92 – Mohammad Yousuf also boasts the record for the most number of fours against South Africa for Pakistan in international one-dayers. He smashed 92 fours in 34 innings.
39 – Shahid Afridi smashed 39 sixes against South Africa, which is the most by a Pakistan batsman against them in ODIs.
58 – Waqar Younis is one of the four bowlers to take more than 50 wickets in the format against South Africa. The former right-arm quick registered 58 scalps at 24.89 in 32 matches.
5-26 – Mohammad Hasnain has the best figures in an innings in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
His two five-fers against South Africa are the most for any bowler.
47.05 – Amongst the wicketkeeper-batsmen to have faced more than 1,000 balls in international cricket since the start of 2020, our Mohammad Rizwan has the best average.
110.50 – Babar Azam has the best average in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League for the batsmen with 200 or more runs.