Karachi: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed plead his team-mates to play “fearlessly” during their upcoming tour of South Africa — a country where they have won only two Tests during their past five tours.
Pakistani Cricket team in enruote to South Africa to play three test matches, five ODIs and There T20s internationals. The first test is scheduled to start on December 26 in Centurion.
Pakistani recently lost to New Zealand in the UAE by 2-1 in the last week. In the wake of loss, Sarfraz urged the team to play honestly and maintain a consistent effort.
“Conditions in South Africa are tough with bouncy and seaming pitches so anyone who plays without fear and with a big heart will succeed,” Sarfraz told media.
Pakistan has altogether played eleven Test series and Pakistan’s two wins out of 12 Tests in South Africa were seen in 1998 and 2007, with nine series completely lost to South Africa and one draw between the two.
In the last tour in 2013, Pakistan made their lowest Test score of 49 in the first Test in Johannesburg, with both senior batsmen Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq in the line-up.
Pakistan will start the tour with a three-day game against Cricket South Africa from Dec 19. The second Test is scheduled in Cape Town from Jan 3-7 of the next year and the third in Johannesburg from Jan 11-15.