22.1.2021 05:11 pm
The talented opening batsman has enjoyed a big week after earlier being included in the Proteas squad for the first time.
Ryan Rickelton celebrated his inclusion in the Proteas squad for the first time with a marvellous unbeaten century to take the Imperial Lions to a bonus-point victory over the Cape Cobras in their Momentum One-Day Cup match in Potchefstroom on Friday.
The touring Pakistan team have given the South Africans a good go in the past so indications are it should be a competitive series.
There have been calls for the wicket-keeper, who also captains the Proteas, to move down the batting order, with Temba Bavuma moving up.
“We’ve played on Asian pitches in the past and they’ve targeted us by preparing dustbowls and making it an uneven contest,” said captain Quinton de Kock.
The team underwent Covid-19 testing upon arrival and have been quarantining in their rooms since then.
A team spokesperson confirmed on Sunday that Cricket South Africa had to make urgent late arrangements after an announcement from Emirates Airlines.
The Pool B fixtures, which will be played between the Cobras, Lions and Warriors, are scheduled to take place from 22-30 January at the same venue in a bio-secure environment.
It is the first tour by the South Africans to the country in 14 years and they will play two Tests and three T20 Internationals.
Pakistan and South Africa will play the first Test in Karachi from January 26.
The 20-year-old left-arm fast bowler is number two in the Leading Wicket Takers column of this season’s CSA 4-Day Franchise Series.
“I’m excited about this group we have selected, and the players have a great opportunity to continue with the great strides they have made at this level,” said coach Hilton Moreeng.
“We have selected a squad after analysing the performance in New Zealand and areas of improvement are identified,” said chief selector Mohammad Wasim.
The Group B fixtures will take place from 22-30 January at the same venue, which is staging the competition in a bio-secure environment (BSE).
Pace bowlers are also likely to play a much bigger role than elsewhere on the subcontinent and Boucher says he is pleased to have a bowling coach like Charl Langeveldt who has such a sound knowledge of reverse-swing.
Though the Titans have moved above the Knights on the Group A table with three points, they face a crucial match-up against the Central Franchise (two points) on Friday.