Mark Boucher said South Africa could play a “watered down” team against Pakistan in the T20I series.© Twitter
South Africa coach Mark Boucher said the focus was on the test series against Australia and for that reason they could field a “watered down” T20I squad on the upcoming Pakistan tour. South Africa will play a two-game test series against Pakistan, followed by three T20Is. The first T20I will be played on February 11 while the second and third will take place on February 13 and 14 respectively. Although the schedules and locations for the Australian series are not yet confirmed, tentative dates call for the first test to start on February 18, according to The Bharat Express News.
“It won’t be our strongest team because the focus is on the cricket test against Australia, and rightly so. It might be a watered down T20 team. And that’s not a bad one. At the start of the season, I alluded to the fact that we are going to have to use a lot of players, ”said Mr. Boucher, quoted by The Bharat Express News.
“It’s an opportunity for the guys to put their hands up. We haven’t played a lot of cricket, there haven’t been a lot of A-tours and while it’s not ideal to throw the guys in the big dip and get them to play. international cricket when they maybe not ready, there aren’t many other choices right now. Some will be pushed into the depths and we’ll see how they react, “a he added.
Boucher also said the same would apply to team management, with his return with the test players while assistant coach Enoch Nkwe remains with the team in Pakistan for the T20I series.
“The initial discussion was that Enoch could stay in Pakistan and finish the series and I will come back. We are trying to divide the management as best we can to show the importance of both series. We are preparing for most of our management. to come back and one or two of them stay, ”he said.
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