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The South African gamers earlier than their departure for Karachi. Image courtesy Cricket South Africa.
  • It’s the first tour by a South African aspect to Pakistan since 2007
  • The touring get together has cleared a number of COVID-19 assessments earlier than boarding flight to Karachi
  • The gamers will keep in particular person isolation till the outcomes of the primary spherical of testing are launched

KARACHI: The South African cricket squad landed in Pakistan on Saturday for his or her first tour — consisting of two Exams and three T20Is — to the nation after a 14-year break.

It’s the first tour by a South African aspect to Pakistan since 2007 when Proteas performed 5 ODIs and Exams within the nation.

The crew, led by Quinton de Kock, reached Karachi by way of a chartered flight and will likely be examined for COVID-19 upon arrival.

The touring get together has cleared two COVID-19 assessments which occurred on Tuesday and Thursday earlier than boarding flight to Karachi.

Learn extra: Schedule, match timings for Take a look at, T20I sequence

The gamers will keep in particular person isolation till the outcomes of the primary spherical of testing are launched.

In the meantime, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official confirmed that those that returned with the primary unfavorable assessments could be allowed to renew coaching at a cricket floor adjoining to the crew’s lodge on Membership Street.

“The South African team will be training at the Karachi Gymkhana cricket ground from January 17-22 in a biosecure bubble before moving to National Stadium for a full-fledge training session,” mentioned the official.

The guests can even play a two-day intra-squad warm-up match through the coaching interval on the Gymkhana floor.

Learn extra: PCB proclaims Pakistan Take a look at squad for sequence towards South Africa

The South African squad, together with Pakistani cricketers, will endure one other spherical of COVID-19 testing earlier than the primary Take a look at — scheduled to begin from January 26 on the Nationwide Stadium.

Furthermore, the Pakistan crew will report in Karachi on January 19 and can begin coaching from January 21 at NSK after clearing the primary COVID-19 check.

Cricket South Africa has made one change within the touring squad forward of departure to Pakistan. Seamer Ottniel Baartman was dominated out resulting from medical causes of a separate nature, whereas Marco Jansen changed him within the Take a look at squad.

South Africa’s 21-men Take a look at squad:

Quinton de Kock (c), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Daryn Dupavillon and Marco Jansen.

Moreover, CSA will title its T20 squad later, whereas the 20-over match specialists are resulting from arrive in Pakistan on February 3.

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