In a desperate attempt to revive full-time cricket in Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has made the latest approach by sending an official invitation to South Africa for a T20I series in the country.
According to PCB CEO, Wasim Khan, the series is likely to be held in March 2020.
The development comes after Sri Lanka successfully toured recently for two limited-overs series.
We are hopeful Proteas will come in late March: Wasim
"We are hopeful they [Proteas] will come in late March, as the series will also help both teams prepare for the World T20 Championship in October," said Wasim, following positive talks with Cricket South Africa (CSA), as reported by PTI.
Wasim confident of teams touring in Pakistan in the future
Wasim expressed his confidence at teams willing to tour Pakistan, while he also believes that Lanka could tour again in December for a Test series.
"The gates to international cricket returning properly to Pakistan are open and there is no doubt that the recent tour by the Sri Lankan team to play the T20 and ODI series has helped us a lot," he said.
The more teams tour, the more confidence other teams gain
Wasim also added that the recent decision by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to send its women's team and the U-16 team to Pakistan for a bilateral series would prompt them to send in their senior team for a full series, early, next year.