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Coronavirus and security make Pakistan a tough tour, says Mark Boucher


ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShareKARACHI - Coronavirus restrictions and thousands of security staff made for challenging conditions for South Africa on their tour of Pakistan, head coach Mark Boucher said on Monday.


Pakistan has staged various limited-overs series in the last six years, but Test cricket was only revived in late 2019 -- and under the sort of security normally reserved for visiting heads of state.


"It is challenging from a management perspective -- especially when you are in a place like Pakistan where you can't get outside," Boucher told a virtual press conference.


A massive security detail made up of police and paramilitary personnel is guarding the team at their hotel and the stadium, forcing the squad to spend a lot of time in their rooms.


"Personally, I don't think it's sustainable from a financial and just a headspace point of view for players, for staff, for management," Boucher said of the coronavirus restrictions.


Most of the South African top players will return home after the second Test in Rawalpindi (February 4-8) to prepare for the Australia series, and a second-string will feature in the Twenty20 series.






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