Pakistan to meet South Africa in Morocco Cup opener

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Pakistan will clash with South Africa in the opening match of the Morocco Cup tri-series next month, adding the North African city of Tangier to cricket's world calendar.

Sri Lanka is the third team in the $ 250,000 tri-series to be held from August 12 to 21, it was announced on Wednesday. The series, featuring three top nations preparing for next year's World Cup in South Africa, follows the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision to make Tangier the newest stop on the circuit. Matches will be held at the $ 25-million Tangier Cricket Stadium, which was constructed by the Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS), organisers of cricket internationals in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Cricket in Morocco is administered by the Federation Royale Morocaine De Cricket (FRMC), an affiliate member of the ICC. The CBFS hopes to organise two Limited Overs tournaments a year in Tangier as it has been doing in Sharjah since 1984. In the inaugural tri-series, each team will play the other twice with the top two advancing to the final on August 21.

Aug 12 Pakistan v South Africa
Aug 14 Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Aug 15 South Africa v Sri Lanka
Aug 17 Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Aug 18 Pakistan v South Africa
Aug 19 South Africa v Sri Lanka
Aug 21 Final

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