South Africa has confidence in the security measures put in place for its test and Pakistani Twenty20 International tour coach Mark Boucher said on Thursday, revealing he hoped to attract Jacques Kallis as a batting consultant .
South Africa begins the first of two tests in Pakistan on January 26 as it returns for the first time since 2007.
His absence follows a militant attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed six police officers and two civilians. “Our (security) guys went over there and scouted and said it was safe,” Boucher told reporters before the team left.
“So on my side there are no problems, we have to go back and start playing cricket.”
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Boucher made his test debut in Pakistan in 1997 and has played 147 times in a stellar career. He said conditions would be more suited to his side than most countries on the subcontinent.
“It’s tough but different from India and Sri Lanka, where (the ball) is spinning. Pakistan is more conducive to fast bowling. The reverse swing was very important, although the regulations are stricter these days. on how to work on the ball.
“These are historically flat wickets. The areas you score as a batsman are different. If you apply yourself, there are a lot of points.”
Boucher also said he wanted to regain the services of Jacques Kallis, 45, as a batting consultant after the former all-rounder signed a short-term deal with England for their current test tour in Sri Lanka.
Cricket South Africa did not choose to retain Kallis last year, citing transformational goals, but Boucher is hopeful that with a new board in place, that could change.
“He’s on my radar in terms of trying to get him re-involved in the set-up. I hope we treat him carefully as he has shown he has a lot of other opportunities in world cricket.
“It’s a huge loss, but I know Jacques would love to work in South African cricket. The knowledge he has has to be used.”