Fakhar Zaman doubtful for the Test series against South Africa

Fakhar Zaman doubtful for the Test series against South Africa

Pakistan will start the tour of South Africa with a three-match Test series.

Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Pakistan after the conclusion of their ongoing campaign against New Zealand at home will fly off to Africa. They will play the home team South Africa in a full tour comprising of 3 Tests, as many ODIs and T20Is starting December 26. As the tour kicks off with the Test series they will play a practice game against the South African Invitation XI between December 19-21 at Willowmoore Park in Benoni.

For the Test series, the visiting team is expected to announce the squad in the first week of December however, they will be without a key batsman in Fakhar Zaman. The opener has in a very short span become an important member of the team and drives their charge with the bat right at the top. The Test series starts at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. It is not a voluntary move but one based on the recent turn of events.

During the ongoing series against New Zealand, Fakhar had some fitness troubles and is currently away from the action spending time in rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) medical panel is monitoring his progress and their assessment suggests that the 28-year-old hasn’t recovered fully yet and thus will need more time to return back on the field for international action.

The doctors on the panel have also recommended that he opts for an additional 3-4 weeks of rest just to give it enough recovery time.

Test series schedule:

Date Match Venue Time
Dec 19-21 3-Day Practice Game South African Invitation XI vs Pakistan Willowmoore Park, Benoni 08:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM Local
Dec 26-30 1st Test – South Africa vs Pakistan SuperSport Park, Centurion 08:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM Local
Jan 3-7 2nd Test – South Africa vs Pakistan Newlands, Cape Town 08:30 AM GMT / 10:30 AM Local
Jan 11-15 3rd Test – South Africa vs Pakistan The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 08:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM Local

ODI series schedule:

Date Match Venue Time
Jan-19 1st ODI – South Africa vs Pakistan St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth 11:00 AM GMT / 01:00 PM Local
Jan-22 2nd ODI – South Africa vs Pakistan Kingsmead, Durban 11:00 AM GMT / 01:00 PM Local
Jan-25 3rd ODI – South Africa vs Pakistan SuperSport Park, Centurion 11:00 AM GMT / 01:00 PM Local
Jan-27 4th ODI – South Africa vs Pakistan The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 08:00 AM GMT / 10:00 AM Local
Jan-30 5th ODI – South Africa vs Pakistan Newlands, Cape Town 11:00 AM GMT / 01:00 PM Local

T20I series schedule:

Date Match Venue Time
Feb 1 1st T20I – South Africa vs Pakistan Newlands, Cape Town 04:00 PM GMT / 06:00 PM Local
Feb 3 2nd T20I – South Africa vs Pakistan The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 12:30 PM GMT / 02:30 PM Local
Feb 6 3rd T20I – South Africa vs Pakistan SuperSport Park, Centurion 04:00 PM GMT / 06:00 PM Local

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