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Pakistan is more conducive to fast bowling, says SA coach Mark Boucher


Gulmeena HamidWeb Editor

14th Jan, 2021. 06:37 pm
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South Africa coach Mark Boucher
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South Africa coach Mark Boucher has faith in the security measures Pakistan has put in place for their Test and T20 International tour of the country.

In an interview, the coach also said that he is hoping to bring Jacques Kallis back to the team as a batting consultant.

It should be mentioned here that the South African cricket team will be coming to Pakistan after 2007. Their absence followed a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 in Lahore that killed six policemen and two civilians.

“We’ve had our (security) guys go there and do a recce of the situation and they have said it is safe,” Boucher told reporters before the team’s departure to Pakistan.  “So from my side there are no issues, we have to get back there and start playing cricket.”

“It is tough but different to India and Sri Lanka, where it (the ball) turns. Pakistan is more conducive to fast bowling. Reverse swing was very big, though regulations are tighter these days on how you can work on the ball.”

“They are historically flat wickets. The areas you score as a batsman are different. If you apply yourself there are a lot of runs out there.”

Talking about Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher said,

“He is on my radar in terms of trying to get him back involved in the set-up. I hope we treat him with care as he has shown he has a lot of other opportunities in world cricket.

“He is a massive loss but I know Jacques would love to be working in South African cricket. The knowledge he has needs to be utilized.”

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