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South Africa’s captain De Kock at ease with security arrangements in Pakistan

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South Africa is set to be hosted by Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Lahore between January 26 and February 14, 2021. The series marks the first time since 2007 that South Africa has toured Pakistan. The proteas have arrived in Pakistan on […]

South Africa's captain De Kock at ease with security arrangements in Pakistan
South Africa’s captain De Kock at ease with security arrangements in Pakistan

South Africa is set to be hosted by Karachi, Rawalpindi, and Lahore between January 26 and February 14, 2021.

The series marks the first time since 2007 that South Africa has toured Pakistan.

The proteas have arrived in Pakistan on January 16.

On their return to Pakistan for the first time since a militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, they are all set to play two tests and three Twenty20 Internationals.

On their first tour of Pakistan in 14 years, Quinton de Kock praised the security arrangements laid out for South Africa and says the players are “much calmer” about the tour now that they have arrived in the country and seen the steps first-hand.

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It was the biggest worry when we came here, but we were much calmer when we landed and saw the amount of protection.

“De Kock said, “Every corner seems to be tested, all the bases are guarded, and – touch wood – we feel secure at the moment,” For now, we’re just concerned about cricket.”

He further added that only one team member, Faf du Plessis, participated, shortened for World XI and PSL, and white-ball cricket in Pakistan.

No-one knows what to expect from conditions, but that “spin and reverse swing plays a big part,” and to their benefit, the home side would want to use conditions.

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While coach Mark Boucher previously indicated that Pakistan’s pitches do not take as much turn as their counterparts from India and Sri Lanka.

The hosts’ squad, including left-arm spinners Nauman Ali and Mohammed Nawaz, offspinner Sajid Khan, in addition to legspinner Yasir Shah may indicate somehow where they want to go and how they want these wickets to be prepared.

On January 26, when the Karachi Test begins, the time for theorizing of all sorts will end.

That day couldn’t come fast enough for De Kock: “We all knew about the nerves about being here. It’s now a reality.”

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