CASTRIES, St Lucia, CMC – South Africa touched down right here yesterday for the two-Check collection towards West Indies beginning subsequent week, marking solely the second worldwide collection within the Caribbean because the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The squad, who may also play 5 Twenty20 Internationals in Grenada, will now bear three days of quarantine and should return two damaging PCR checks earlier than being allowed to coach.
Following quarantine, the squad is anticipated to play a two-day observe match in preparation for the primary Check which will get underay on June 10 on the Daren Sammy Nationwide Stadium.
The 19-man Check squad is being led by Dean Elgar for the primary time whereas Temba Bavuma, the primary Black African to make a Check hundred for South Africa, has taken cost of the white-ball unit.
Selectors have named six uncapped gamers within the Check squad with Prenelan Subrayen, Lizaad Williams Kyle Verreynne, Keegan Petersen, Sarel Erwee and Marco Jansen, all newcomers.
Neither celebrity AB de Villiers nor former Check skipper Faf du Plessis, each skilled campaigners, had been chosen for the journey.
On South Africa’s final Check tour of the Caribbean in 2010, Graeme Smith’s aspect beat the hosts 2-0 in a three-Check collection, successful at Port of Spain and Bridgetown.
In the meantime, a West Indies 30-man squad have been coaching right here for almost three weeks and at present mid-way by a four-day match, from which the ultimate Check squad will likely be chosen.
The collection between West Indies and South Africa was scheduled to be staged final 12 months however was scrapped – together with the whole residence schedule – after the outbreak of COVID-19 which additionally pressured a worldwide cessation of the sport.
Just like the Sri Lanka collection in March, the collection will likely be staged behind closed doorways and beneath strict well being protocols, as has turn into the norm in the course of the pandemic.
The second Check may also be performed on the Daren Sammy Nationwide Stadium beginning June 18 earlier than Grenada’s Nationwide Stadium hosts the T20 collection from June 26 to July 3.
South Africa’s tour will kick off a busy interval for West Indies the place in addition they host Australia in 5 T20Is right here and in three One-Day Internationals in Barbados from July 9-24, earlier than welcoming Pakistan for 5 T20Is in Barbados and Guyana, together with two Exams in Jamaica, from July 27 to August 4.