South Africa’s captain Quinton de Kock has revealed that the biggest challenge for his side during the Pakistan tour would be the “unknowingness of conditions in the country.”
Talking to journalists via an online conference during his first interaction with media since his arrival, the South African captain also said that additional spinners in the Pakistan squad “gives him the sense of how wickets are going to be in Test series.”
“Pakistan team is going to be tough. I think playing most of the teams under the home conditions is always tough,” he said.
“I think our biggest challenge is the conditions that we could face, you know, the unknowingness of the things that we’re going to have to deal with,” he said.
“I think when you go to places like Australia, India, or wherever you go, you kind of know what you’re going to get. I think the unknowingness of the things that are happening, that’s a big part,” de Kock highlighted.
South Africa skipper Quinton de Kock has heaped praise on Pakistan’s star batsman and captain Babar Azam ahead of the two-match Test series between the two sides.
While speaking during a virtual press conference on Monday, the wicketkeeper-batsman said that Pakistan team will be more competitive in the presence of Babar, bearing in mind that the latter is returning to the side after missing the New Zealand tour due to injury.
“One of their main players Babar Azam will be back so it’s going to be a different team as compared to the one in New Zealand. They will be a very competitive side in their home conditions,” said De Kock.
“In the last couple of years, Babar has shown that he is top-class and has done well in all formats all around the world. He seems to be only getting better and better also as he goes on,” he added.
Replying to a question, Quinton de Kock said that Pakistan picking extra spinners in the 20-member squad indicates “what and how wickets are going to be during the two-Test series.”
“So, we just got to make sure we prepare well, and when we get out there, we’ll just deal with what we have to deal with,” he said.
Pakistani selectors had named rookies Sajid Khan and Nauman Ali along with Yasir Shah in the initial squad for the two-match test series against South Africa.
The South African captain also praised the security arrangements in Pakistan saying that players are satisfied and feel secure.