Test Cricket Tours - South Africa to Pakistan 2003-04
official Test tour
Test-playing tour of Pakistan
by South Africa
On 20 September the South
Africans cancelled their original tour because of security fears following a
bomb blast in Karachi
a day earlier. The ICC put pressure on the South African United Cricket Board
refused to play at Karachi or Peshawar because it was too dangerous.
However, the Pakistan Cricket Board were successful in persuading them to
tour if Karachi and Peshawar were omitted from the programme
The tourists started poorly but came back to win the one-day
series which preceded the Test matches. Then at Lahore
the South Africans played well in parts but were always just behind Pakistan and
lost the first Test.
Gary Kirsten despite being struck by a Shoaib Akhtar bouncer
which left his nose and eye socket broken was the leading batsman with Gibbs
not far behind. Pollock and Ntini were the most dangerous bowlers. Poor
fielding - catches dropped as the Proteas pressed for victory - cost them the
chance of squaring the series at Faisalabad,
Hall received a two Test ban after elbowing Yousuf Youhana during
the 2nd ODI at Lahore.
Smith, Gary Kirsten, Herschelle Gibbs
Kallis, Boeta Dippenaar, Neil McKenzie, Jacques Rudolph
All-rounder: Shaun Pollock
Adams, Robin Peterson
Hall, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini.
P R Adams
Joined the tour party for the
Representation of Super Sport Series franchises:
Bo - Boland (1)
Br - Border (2)
EP Eastern Province (1)
FS - Free State (1)
KZN - Kwa Zulu Natal (1)
No - Northerns (2)
WP - Western Province
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(17 October 2003) :
Test Appearances made before the tour
G Kirsten 96, Pollock 78,
Kallis 74, Boucher 69, Gibbs 54, Adams 42, Ntini 40, McKenzie 37, Dippenaar
27, Smith 21, Hall 10, Rudolph 11, Nel 7, Peterson 3, Langeveldt 0.
Gerald de Kock
Adrian le Roux
Tim Southey had experience of working with Springbok and
provincial rugby teams.
The South African board (UCBSA) had decided to terminate its
contract with Goolam Raja after the tour of England
but he was subsequently reinstated for the next tour to New Zealand
and continued to fix the arrangements on all Proteas’ tours until 2011.
With Mali Nicholis (UCB President), Steve Coetzee (observer) also
accompanying the team, there were 13 officials with the fifteen players.
Omar Henry (convenor
of selectors), Haroon Lorgat, Hugh Page and Douglas Maku.
2003 Gary Kirsten went back on his intention to retire and made himself available
again for Test cricket.
Tour Party Announced:15 September
Not selected: Fast bowlers Dewald Pretorius, Charl
Willoughby and Monde Zondeki, who had all toured England.
Herschelle Gibbs’ selection was subject to passing a fitness test
on a groin injury Friday 17 September
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(15 - 28 September)
The South Africans were scheduled to arrive in Karachi on September 22 and play a warm up
game there, but the tour was rescheduled.The team left Johannesburg
on Sunday 28 September.
Arrived at Lahore
Airport amid very tight
security on Tuesday 30 September 2003 and went to Gaddafi Stadium for nets.
Paul Adams and Gary Kirsten arrived later for the
Time spent in Pakistan
(30 September - depart Host)
On-tour selection panel
Marinus van Wyk joined the team as cover for Herschelle Gibbs who
had missed the first 2 one-dayers.At Lahore batsman Gary
Kirsten was struck by a Shoaib Akhtar bouncer which left his nose and left
eye socket broken but he continued to play.