PCB has invited South Africa for T20I series: Wasim Khan
Pakistan is optimistic about hosting South Africa for a small T20I series. (AFP Image)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited Cricket South Africa (CSA) to send its national team for a T20I series in March 2020, the board’s chief executive officer Wasim Khan said on Saturday. Khan said the PCB has received positive signs from the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that it would send a full strength squad for a two-Test series, which would likely be held in Rawalpindi and Karachi in December this year.

Khan said that talks are on with CSA for sending their national team for a series in the shortest format of the game. “We are hopeful they will come in late March as the series will also help both teams prepare for the World T20I Championship in October,” PCB CEO Khan said adding that the SLC would confirm the tour in a week.

“The gates to international cricket returning properly to Pakistan are open and there is no doubt that the recent tour by the Sri Lanka team to play the T20I and ODI series has helped us a lot.”

An elated Khan added that it was a great sign for Pakistan that the Bangladeshi eves and their under-16 team are currently there for a bilateral series. He hoped the development could also help them in hosting the Bangladesh senior men’s team for a Test and T20 series after December.

Also, the PCB is currently waiting for a response from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) whether it will host their women’s team as part of the ICC women’s league games.