South Africa’s Test captain Quinton de Kock has expressed his satisfaction with Pakistan security upon the South African teams’ arrival in the country.
South Africa is slated to play a two-match Test series against Pakistan starting January 26. The Test-series forms a part of the ICC World Test Championship. The tour also marks South Africa’s first tour of Pakistan in 14 years.
The Proteas skipper admitted that the security of the host country was one of their major concerns. However, having witnessed the security arrangements after arriving in the country, they no longer feel uncomfortable about it and can now focus clearly on the game.
“When we were coming here, security was a concern, if not the biggest concern. And then we landed here, we saw the security that was going on and everyone became calmer,” de Kock said in a virtual press conference.
Expressing his satisfaction with Pakistan’s security, the Proteas captain said, “Over the days, it’s become less worrying. We have been able to focus more on cricket. On the plane, people spoke about, ‘what about this and what about that?’ But when we landed here we saw the amount of security – it’s something to be seen. They’ve taken so many measures, we can actually feel comfortable and focus on the cricket and not worry at all.”
Concerns over Pakistan’s security had risen immensely after militant Islamists had attacked the Sri Lanka team’s bus in 2009. Ever since that time, Pakistan rarely hosted any games. They hosted a Test after almost 10 years since that incident.
“You carry on because people want to watch good cricket and watch you perform. That’s something that keeps you motivated. But I’ve only been home for three weeks, if that, over the last five or six months. It’s been tough but I’m soldiering on. With thoughts of fishing as far from his mind as he can get them, perhaps,” he added.
Speaking on the bio-bubble system there, de Kock said, “We are across the road from the training facilities and we are only allowed in our rooms and the team room.
“But the rooms look quite nice, at least. It’s not easy, from an emotional side and a mental side [to be isolated]. You are trying to keep yourself mentally stable and perform for your country.”
South Africa squad: 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