South African captain Quentin de Kock says the biggest challenge in Pakistan is not assessing the conditions here because the team’s players have not played in Pakistan before, but coach Mark Boucher has played in Pakistan before. Trying to figure out what the situation might be like here.
The South African captain spoke to the media for the first time since his arrival in Pakistan. In an online conversation, Quentin de Kock said that it is not easy for any team, including Pakistan, to play at its home ground. It will not be an easy opponent at home and it will not be the same team that was seen in New Zealand.
Quinn de Kock said that Babar Azam’s return and home conditions would definitely increase Pakistan’s strength.
The captain of the South African team added that most of the cricketers, including me, do not know the conditions of Pakistan which will be a challenge for them. ۔
It should be noted that the South African team has come to Pakistan for the first time since 2007. Meanwhile, Faf de Plessis, a member of the South African team, has come to Pakistan for the World XI and then for the PSL.
Quinn de Kock said that before coming to Pakistan, questions regarding security were on everyone’s mind but after arriving in Pakistan and looking at the arrangements, everyone is satisfied that the best security arrangements have been made for the players.
He added that even during the quarantine, the Pakistan Cricket Board has arranged training for the South African team, which is very encouraging.
He said that seeing three spinners in the Pakistani squad is an indication of what kind of wickets can be found here and the squad is aware that Pakistani spinners on Pakistani wickets can be dangerous for South African batsmen. ۔
Quentin de Kock said the Pakistani squad often includes new players whose strengths will be reviewed in videos at the team meeting.
The South African captain vowed that he would try to score as many runs as possible as a batsman and the other players in the team would try to score as well.
To a question, Quentin de Kock said that this series is an important competition between the two countries, it is unfortunate that there are no spectators but hopefully in the future when the series takes place, spectators will be allowed to come.
He said that the life of a biosecure bubble is very difficult and it can have negative effects on the minds but the players are facing these conditions to continue cricket.