South Africa Set to Welcome Sri Lanka and Pakistan Men's Teams for 2024-25 Summer Tour

By Real11 - May 3 2024 94 Views

South Africa to host Sri Lanka and Pakistan men’s teams during 2024-25 summer

South Africa will host Pakistan and Sri Lanka men’s teams and  England’s women's side in the 2024-25 summer for a total of 17 international matches , between November and January. The men’s Test series comprises World Test Championship and will be played in Durban and Gqebera (Sri Lanka), Centurion and Cape Town (Pakistan), which means nation’s biggest venue-the Wanderers in Johannesburg- will not host a test match for the second summer in a row. 

Neither of the two tests against India in the 2023-24 was played at the Wanderers and with the proteas not due to host any red ball series in the 2025-26 summer, the earliest this venue can expect a test match is 2026. As per insiders officials were provided “no explanation” for why the venue has been rejected, though the annual Pink Day fixture (ODI match to raise funds for breast cancer treatment ) will still be played here.  

The women’s Test will be held in Bloemfontein where the last test was played seven years ago when the men played against Bangladesh in October 2017. Kingsmead and St.George’s Park also last witnessed Test action against Bangladesh, in the 2021-22 season, and have been named the venues for the Sri Lanka series. Sri Lanka won their first Test series against South Africa in 2019 at these same two grounds. The Sri Lanka series will feature only test matches.  

That will be followed by a complete tour from Pakistan, who will play three T20Is and as many ODIs before the festive-season Tests. The Boxing Day Test will be played at SuperSport Park before the New Year’s Test at Newlands, which concludes on January 7. The men’s team will see no further home international assignments, with SA20 awaited to begin shortly later and run until early February. The exact dates are yet to finalised and it can lead to a potential overlap with a ODI tri series in Pakistan prior to the Champions Trophy, set down for mid-February. 

The women’s team will host England for three T20Is, as many ODIs, including the Black Day ODI to raise awareness about gender-based violence, and a Test. They play one fixture in each whiteball format at a top tier ground: a T20I in Centurion and an ODI in Durban. The test will be the first ever women’s test played in the nation in 22 years, since the proteas played the men in blue in Paarl in 2002.       

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