Thursday Jan 14, 2021
Karachi: The South Africa cricket team will arrive in Karachi via chartered flight instead of a commercial flight as planned earlier after Emirates Airline announced the suspension of flights both to and from South Africa.
A source privy to the matter confirmed that a special request has also been forwarded to the Civil Aviation Authority to grant landing permission for the flight arriving directly from Johannesburg on Saturday.
“Emirates flights to/from South Africa will temporarily be suspended from Saturday 16 January to 28 January 2021 due to operational reasons,” the airline said in a statement.
A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) source confirmed that expenses of the chartered flight will be borne by Cricket South Africa. The PCB, however, has helped the visiting party in making necessary arrangements for travel.
The 27-member squad of Cricket South Africa will now arrive on Saturday morning. The team is scheduled to play two tests and three ODIs against Pakistan.
The first Test will be played in Karachi from January 26th.