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Coronavirus and security make Pakistan a tough tour, says Mark Boucher

By AFP 18m in the past

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KARACHI – Coronavirus restrictions and hundreds of security employees made for difficult situations for South Africa on their tour of Pakistan, head coach Mark Boucher mentioned on Monday.

The crew is on its first tour of the nation in 14 years, after worldwide cricket in Pakistan was suspended within the aftermath of terror assaults on the Sri Lankan aspect in 2009.

Pakistan has staged varied limited-overs collection within the final six years, however Test cricket was solely revived in late 2019 — and below the type of security usually reserved for visiting heads of state.

“It is challenging from a management perspective — especially when you are in a place like Pakistan where you can’t get outside,” Boucher informed a digital press convention.

An enormous security element made up of police and paramilitary personnel is guarding the crew at their lodge and the stadium, forcing the squad to spend a lot of time of their rooms.

The first Test begins in Karachi on Tuesday, after the squad accomplished quarantine and returned unfavorable Covid-19 checks.

“Personally, I don’t think it’s sustainable from a financial and just a headspace point of view for players, for staff, for management,” Boucher mentioned of the coronavirus restrictions.

“I think it’s been necessary to get the game of cricket up and running. I think everyone understands that. But it doesn’t make it easier.”

Boucher, who toured Pakistan in a extra relaxed environment in 1997, 2003 and 2007, is a former South African wicketkeeper with a world report 555 dismissals behind the stumps in 147 Tests.

Most of the South African prime gamers will return residence after the second Test in Rawalpindi (February 4-8) to arrange for the Australia collection, and a second-string will characteristic within the Twenty20 collection.

The three T20 internationals might be performed on February 11, 13 and 14, all in Lahore.

AFP



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