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Jacques Kallis is a massive loss, I’d love him back – Mark Boucher

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Proteas coach Mark Boucher has confirmed he wishes to regain the services of Jacques Kallis as a batting consultant.

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Speaking ahead of the team’s departure for Pakistan, Boucher said South Africa’s greatest ever cricketer remained “on his radar“.

“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 utilised.”

JACQUES KALLIS SIGNED A SHORT-TERM DEAL WITH ENGLAND

Kallis signed a short-term deal with England for their current Test tour of Sri Lanka after Cricket South Africa (CSA) didn’t take up the option of retaining his services last year, citing transformation targets.

Boucher is hopeful that, with a new board in place, that could change.

Jacques Kallis, now 45, scored 13 289 runs at an average of over 55 in 166 Tests and took 292 wickets with his pace bowling during a 19-year international career.

ONLY TENDULKAR AND PONTING HAVE MORE TEST RUNS

Only India’s Sachin Tendulkar and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting have scored more Test runs.

South Africa start the first of two Tests in Pakistan on Tuesday, January 26.

The Test series will be followed by three T20Is.

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Proteas’ tour marks a ‘monumental moment’ for Pakistan cricket

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South Africa will play their first Test in Pakistan for 14 years this week, a match being described as a “monumental moment” for the revival of international cricket in the country.

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The match in the port city of Karachi starting on Tuesday at 07:00 SA time marks a significant vote of confidence for Pakistan where international cricket was suspended following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team’s bus in Lahore in 2009. 

Foreign teams refused to tour the terror-hit country on security fears and it was only in the last six years that Pakistan hosted limited-over series before Test cricket was revived for the first time in a decade with the visit of Sri Lanka in December 2019.

A tight security cordon has been thrown around the venue and Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan said South Africa’s visit was significant.

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“These are very exciting times for fans and supporters,” said Khan. 

“I would say that it’s a monumental moment that South Africa is here after 14 years and everybody is looking forward to the matches.”

England have also agreed to play two Twenty20s in October on their first trip to Pakistan since 2005, to be followed by New Zealand and the West Indies for white-ball series.

If all go untroubled, then Australia will arrive for Tests and one-day matches next year, having not toured Pakistan since 1998.

“We have an exciting year ahead of us as our efforts are bearing fruit,” said Khan, a former England county player and ex-chief executive of Leicestershire.

On the field a dominant South Africa – having won 15 of the 26 Tests between the two teams with four losses and seven draws – will take on a new-look Pakistan with Babar Azam making his Test captaincy debut.

It will be a dream come true for Azam, who was a ball boy during South Africa’s last tour in 2007, but he faces a task to lift Pakistan after being swept 2-0 in Tests in New Zealand in the past month.

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Azam is back to full fitness after missing the New Zealand tour with a fractured thumb and leads an inexperienced 20-man squad with nine players yet to play a Test.

One of the uncapped spinners, Nauman Ali and Sajid Khan, is expected to win their first cap partnering seasoned leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

South Africa captain Quinton De Kock, whose team blanked Sri Lanka 2-0 at home in their recent series, said he expects spin to be a big factor. 

“Those selections say a lot about where they want to go and how they want to prepare these wickets,” said De Kock, who has left-armer Keshav Maharaj as his frontline spinner. 

NONE OF THE PROTEAS HAVE PLAYED IN PAKISTAN BEFORE

De Kock cautioned that none of his squad have played in Pakistan before.

“Our biggest challenge would be the conditions that we could face because they are unknown to us,” he said.

Head coach Mark Boucher did tour Pakistan as a player three times – 1997, 2003 and 2007.

“I think Mark Boucher and one or two other guys who have played here would keep us updated and guide us,” said De Kock.

The second Test is in Rawalpindi from February 4-8 followed by three Twenty20 internationals in Lahore on February 11, 13 and 14.

The coronavirus pandemic means all the matches will be played without fans in attendance.

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SQUADS

Pakistan

Babar Azam (captain), Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Kamran Ghulam, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Yasir Shah, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan 

South Africa

Quinton de Kock (captain), 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, Marco Jansen

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Controversial Daryll Cullinan on commentary duty for Pakistan v SA series

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Several familiar voices will be heard in the commentary box during the upcoming Pakistan v South Africa Test and T20I series.

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The first Test will begin at the National Stadium in Karachi on Tuesday, 26 January at 07:00 SA time.

Pakistan commentators Bazid Khan, Ramiz Raja and Wasim Akram will be joined by former Proteas batsman Daryll Cullinan, renowned cricket commentator Mike Haysman and former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull.

Following the first Test, the second and final Test will be staged in Rawalpindi, with all three T20Is thereafter from 11-14 January taking place in Lahore.

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Cullinan and Haysman expressed their delight at joining the commentary panel for what promises to be an absorbing series.

Cullinan said: “I’m thrilled to be back in Pakistan and looking forward to seeing a very competitive series between two very talented teams.”

Haysman added: “I distinctly remember saying on air as the second Test concluded in Pakistan in 2003 (Pakistan vs South Africa series) that there is nothing to separate these two sides. Here we are 18 years later ready to resume that battle and this historic tour promises an epic encounter. I will be delighted to call it live.”  

Cullinan, has been a divisive figure both during his career and post-retirement. He courted controversy back in 2016 when he stated that cricket was “inherently not a black man’s game in South Africa”.

Cullinan, now 53, played 70 Tests for South Africa between 1993-2001. He boasts a highest score of 275 not out and averaged an impressive 44.21 with the bat.

He also played 138 ODIs for the Proteas.

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Proteas squad for Pakistan T20s – and where they went to school

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Heinrich Klaasen will captain the Proteas’ T20 squad in their three-match series against Pakistan in Lahore from 11-14 February 2021. 

The 18-man squad has a distinct youthful look to it.

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The strategy forms part of the measures put in place by CSA to ensure that the Proteas Test squad, captained by Quinton de Kock, can return to South Africa and satisfy the overseas travel Covid-19 quarantine protocol ahead of that team’s three-Test series against Australia.

Prior to the three T20Is, the Proteas will play two Tests against Pakistan.

Have you ever wondered where the Proteas’ T20I squad went to school?

Wonder no more!

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Heinrich Klaasen (captain) – Hoerskool Menlo Park

Nandre Burger – Hoerskool Monument

Okuhle Cele – Glenwood

Junior Dala – Springs Boys

Bjorn Fortuin – Paarl Boys

Reeza Hendricks – Noord Kaap

George Linde – Bellville High

Janneman Malan – Hoerskool Waterkloof

David Miller – Maritzburg College

Andile Phehlukwayo – Glenwood

Dwaine Pretorius – Hoerskool Rustenburg

Ryan Rickleton – St Stithians

Tabraiz Shamsi – Parktown Boys

Lutho Sipamla – Grey High

Jon-Jon Smuts – Graeme College

Pite van Biljon – Grey College

Glenton Stuurman – Morester High

Jacques Snyman – Menlo Park

PAKISTAN V PROTEAS T20 SERIES ITINERARY:

Thursday, 11 February – 1st T20I, Lahore

Saturday, 13 February – 2nd T20I, Lahore

Sunday, 14 February – 3rd T20I, Lahore

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