The Pakistan men’s team is in SA for seven limited overs matches against the Proteas starting on Friday and, much as the revenue is desperately needed by Cricket SA and the tour represents an opportunity for the tourists to thank their hosts for touring Pakistan in February, there is more at stake.    

Points, first of all. World Cup Super League points, to be accurate. Instead of the top eight teams on the world rankings qualifying automatically for the 2023 50-over World Cup as was the case for the 2019 tournament, this time it will be the eight teams that finish in the top eight places in a league of 13. It consists of 13 teams: the 12 Test-playing nations plus the Netherlands.    ..

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