Mark Boucher has no fears over Proteas safety in Pakistan

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The Proteas have faith in the security measures put in place for their Test and T20 tour of Pakistan, coach Mark Boucher said on Thursday.

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South Africa start the first of two Tests in Pakistan on Tuesday, January 26 as they return to Pakistan for the first time since 2007.

“We’ve had our (security) guys go there and do a recce of the situation and they have said it is safe,” Boucher told reporters ahead of the team’s departure.

“So from my side there are no issues, we have to get back there and start playing cricket.”

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Mark Boucher made his Test debut in Pakistan in 1997 and went on to play 147 matches in a stellar career.

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He said the conditions will be more suited to his side than most sub-continent nations.

“It is tough but different to India and Sri Lanka, where it (the ball) turns. Pakistan is more conducive to fast bowling. Reverse swing was very big, though regulations are tighter these days on how you can work on the ball.

“They are historically flat wickets. The areas you score as a batsman are different. If you apply yourself there are a lot of runs out there.”

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