South Africa will have to play two different squads against Pakistan, says Graeme Smith

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Graeme Smith, director of cricket in South Africa (CSA), revealed on Friday that the Proteas will be using two different teams in the tour of Pakistan so that their members of the test team can return home early to begin their quarantine period prior to the home game against Australia. The dates of the three-game test series between South Africa and Australia have yet to be confirmed. The South African team is currently in Pakistan to play two Tests and three T20Is starting January 26. After completion of the second Test, the Proteas Test team will leave Pakistan and a separate team will play the three T20Is in Pakistan on February 11. , 13 and 14.

“When you are working on bio-safe environmental protocols for Covid-19, you are working with other member states and if the member states don’t support each other and play cricket, cricket will find itself in a very challenging space,” Smith said in a virtual press conference.

“Your goal is to find the protocols that work for both. Working with Cricket Australia (CA), we’ve come to many of those medical conclusions and what that will look like. There will be an initial quarantine period for that series. “Unfortunately at that point we would have to play against two different teams,” he added.

According to the World Test Championship schedule, Tim Paine’s side is scheduled to face the Proteas in three tests in South Africa between February 14 and March 13 – a key task leading up to the tournament final in England in mid-2021. But the problems during the England visit have made the trip increasingly problematic, ESPNcricinfo reported.

“We would love to complete our home summer, and Australia is a big part of that home summer. We saw the hype around Test cricket from the Australia-India series. I think it will be a great test of where we are. team We are motivated The last time a test series with Australia took place in South Africa it was very heated and we all know what happened We are very excited to welcome Australia but that comes with certain limitations and medical protocols, ‚ÄĚSmith said.

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Previously, Australian assistant coach Andrew McDonald said one team will travel to South Africa and the other team to New Zealand to play the five-game T20I series starting February 22.

“We expect the tour to continue and we plan our preparations with our quicks. A team going to South Africa for the Test Series and a team going to New Zealand, nothing has changed at this stage. day and night. to make sure we go to South Africa. I think it’s important for world cricket that the show goes on, “McDonald had said during the virtual press conference.

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