KARACHI: Faf du Plessis did not expect to play Test cricket in Pakistan soon despite two tours for limited overs formats in the last four years.
“This is something I have not seen in my time,” the veteran South African batsman and former captain told the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) digital channel on Thursday. “I knew there was white ball cricket here, but I didn’t know red ball cricket was going to happen soon.
“I’m looking forward to it and I hope it’s the same as the wickets are flat more than 13 years ago so we batsmen can make some runs.”
Du Plessis, 36, is expected to be the center of prosthetic batting in the next two Test series, which will be South Africa’s first match in Pakistan since October 2007.
Du Plessis first visited Pakistan when he led the World XI to a Twenty20 series in 2017 with the help of an International Cricket Council (ICC). He returned to the Pakistan Super League play-off for Peshawar Zalmi at the National Stadium last November. , Starting Tuesday.
“They  It was the first step in bringing back any kind of cricket [to Pakistan”, du Plessis said. “What they did really well at that stage was to bring players from all around the world to come and play and to see that the security levels were going to be very, very good and it gave players peace of mind.”
Pakistan had long been trying to convince foreign teams to return for international competition in Pakistan, where incoming cricket tours were halted after a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team’s bus at Lahore in 2009.
Du Plessis made his Test debut in 2012 and has played away matches in Australia, India, England, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and New Zealand. Five of his seven Tests against Pakistan have been in South Africa, the other two at Abu Dhabi and Dubai in 2013.
The West Indies and Bangladesh have sent teams to play international cricket in Pakistan over the last six years. Now it’s South Africa’s turn.
“It’s important for Pakistan to play in home conditions,” du Plessis said. “They have been playing in the UAE for the last nine years or so and [some] Fans have never seen him play at home and it’s almost like a race and didn’t remember seeing him play.
Du Plessis will not stop after the Test series to play a three-match T20 series in Lahore as South Africa prepares to host Australia in the Test series.