South Africa will be without the services of players like Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi in their upcoming T-20 series against Pakistan. The team have quite a few new faces and many people are terming it as a second string South Africa team. However, their interim skipper Henrich Klaasen have a different opinion. Klaasen believes that even though few key players are missing from the team, they by no means are a second string team.
“We are by no means a second string side. Yes we do have a couple of guys missing but the way we are playing during Covid, guys need rest as well and this also gives other players an opportunity to showcase their skills. They deserve it, they have been doing well for couple of years now and so we are definitely looking to win the three-game [T20I] series. We are going to play to the best of our ability,” said Klaasen during a virtual press conference.
Klaasen further stated that he’s eager to back on the field after missing the last few games due to coronavirus.
“It’s been a different season for me. I think I have played four game so far which is very frustrating. I have finally recovered now, Covid hit me quite hard. It has been a tough few months, since I have tested positive. I have been working hard, it’s difficult to tell you about my form but I will guess we will know after the series. I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
Pakistan and South Africa gear up for a three-match T-20 series that gets underway on 11th February.