Former South African captain, AB de Villiers, is excited for South Africa’s historic tour of Pakistan after a gap of fourteen years. de Villiers expressed his delight on Twitter and wished the Proteas the best of luck for the tour.
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Great to see the @OfficialCSA in Pakistan again. A special place to tour and a good Cricketing challenge too. All the best gents 💪
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) January 26, 2021
Pakistan was not able to host international matches for seven years due to the terror attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made valiant efforts to bring cricket back and the country hosted Zimbabwe for limited-overs matches in 2016. Test cricket finally returned to the country when Sri Lanka toured in 2019.
South Africa is the third nation to play a Test match in Pakistan after the resumption of international cricket in the country. Pakistan is still unbeaten at home in Test cricket after the return of the format in the country, beating both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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AB de Villiers believes that South Africa have the tools to trouble Pakistan at home and said that the contest between the two sides will be even. de Villiers was part of the South African squad that toured Pakistan in 2007 and believes that the country is a special place to play cricket.
Prior to his retirement from international cricket, de Villiers had played a total of 7 matches in Pakistan, including both Tests and ODIs, scoring 304 runs at an average of 50.66.
The first Test match of the series is already underway at National Stadium Karachi, with both the teams putting on a good showing in the first session of the Test match.
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