South African captain Quinton de Kock is enthusiastic about touring Pakistan later this month but didn’t want to stuck in another bio-secure bubble.
De Cock said in a statement,
“There are two sides to it. I’m excited to get over there and play cricket in what will be a new challenge,”
“But the off-the-field stuff is another type of challenge. Bubble life is probably going to be the hardest challenge we will face out there,” he added.
The young De Cock was appointed captain of South Africa’s Test team last month and had a successful start to his tenure after beating Sri Lanka 2-0 in a home series on Tuesday.
Although the batsman enjoyed his first victory as Test skipper, he was not particularly a fan of staying in a bio-secure environment.
He further added to his statement,
“It’s very unsettling and a little nervy. It’s an accumulation of a lot of little things you are not used to plus the uncertainty of being caught in a lockdown, where you are then stuck in a place.”
“That’s the worst-case scenario but it is something you do think about. But for now, we just have to deal with it in the best way possible,” he added
South African team touring Pakistan first time in 14 years for two Tests and three Twenty20 Internationals.
South Africa tour to Pakistan schedule
26-30 January: 1st Test, Karachi
4-8 February: 2nd Test, Rawalpindi
11 February: 1st T20I, Lahore
13 February: 2nd T20I, Lahore
14 February: 3rd T20I, Lahore