South African Cricket Team Arrives In Karachi

The South African Cricket Team arrived in Karachi earlier yesterday amidst tight security. Believe it or not but this is the first time since the 1996 World Cup Quarter Final that the South African team have arrived in our parts, refusing to drop by in both their earlier tours in 1997 and 2003. AFP have a report on their arrival here which lists the number of security personal from Pakistan’s side as 100 policemen, police commandos and military commandos. The South African squad them selves arrived with 3 security officers. The team was quickly whisked to their hotel upon their arrival and will be expected to spend much of their off the field time in hotel confinement (means we should be ready to hear “cabin fever” as an excuse if the Proteus lose).

The skipper Graeme Smith later held a press conferences lashed with all the usual pre-series cliches, Osman Samiuddin has an interesting report on that here. For the view on the other side read what Shoaib Malik (who’s been involved in rather needless controversy since the final) had to say upon him arrival from Johannesburg here.

South Africa will play 2 tests and 5 ODIs as a part of their tour, in addition to two warm up matches. The first of which will start tomorrow against a Patron XI’s lead by Taufeeq Umar at The National Bank of Pakistan Sports Complex. Faras Ghani has a nice snap of that ground here. If any of you plan to go drop by at the match, do let us know how the experience was. The first test will kick start at the NSK on the 1st of October, and the final ODI will take place at the same venue on the 29th. For all the matches in between, check out the complete tour itinerary here.

Should be an exciting tour this. Especially the matches in Karachi. I’ve been lucky enough to have attended quite a few of the recent internationals in this city, and I’ve always enjoyed my experience despite the shockingly poor facilities at the NSK. I’m sure I read something to the effect of the ground being renovated for the 2011 World Cup, but I’m not sure if any of that work has started yet. Whenever it does though, it will be much needed. Meanwhile, fill us on your opinion of South Africa’s arrival and any predictions you may have about both team’s likely performances. Happy cricketing! :)

8 Comments so far

  1. zee (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 6:21 am

    We lost against India in the finals… that’s like horrible! Baah… but India was a bit more lucky than we were and that means not having Kamran Akmal on your side!

    We have defeated Australia and Sri Lanka both were into the worldcup final and that means a lot. Even if we loose, it won’t really matter. What matters is that we start winning against India in Worldcup matches!

  2. Zag (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 7:44 am

    tomorrow’s match will not be lead by umar gul but Taufique Umar…

  3. Zainub (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 7:50 am

    Thank’s for the correction, I hadn’t read the whole report for that, so took “Umar” to mean Gul, rather then “Taufeeq”. Surname/first name confusion, should have read the report and not just relied on the headline. But thanks anyway, I’ll go correct it in a sec.

  4. pa(kiss)tani (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 8:27 am

    any thing but kura CURKUT plz (U&I u know…)

  5. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 11:04 am

    any chance of Asim Kamal? I loved his batting style. Genuine test player.

  6. ALAM (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    what? south african team?
    I thought the post was about Farhat Hashmi’s arrival in Karachi

  7. IUnknown (unregistered) on September 27th, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

    @alam , the lamer

  8. tsk tsk (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 6:23 am

    alam tu farhat hashmi ki he gham me ek din kutta k maut mar gaye ga aur kmc walay tujhe truck mey dal kar lay jaye gey. tsk tsk

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