Boucher Says The Troubles In South Africa Are Calling The Proteas In Ireland | Cricket news
DUBLIN: South Africa’s cricket coach Mark Boucher has said civil unrest at home, associated with prolonged time in a bio-bubble, is taking its toll on the Proteas squad in Ireland.
South Africa was beaten well by Ireland in a one-day international on Tuesday before taking the series victory on Friday.
The Games came against a backdrop of more than a week of chaos in South Africa, with over 200 deaths from widespread civil unrest and looting that led to a medical shortage as the country experiences its third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
“To say it doesn’t affect us is not true. It affects us and every South African,” Boucher told the ESPNCricinfo website.
South Africa went straight from one bubble in the Caribbean to another in Ireland.
“Being locked in your room can be pretty tough, especially when you are personally involved,” Boucher said.
“We have a gut feeling about what we think is best for the players and try to be there for the guys who are emotionally drained by what is going on,” added the former South Africa goalkeeper added.
South Africa have three more Twenty20 internationals to play in Ireland next week before returning home. Boucher warns: “This Irish team is not a continuity team. They had some close series against England, which is a very good team.”
“If we thought we would only move up at 70 percent, we will be massively tested.”
Boucher added: “The energy will be much higher for the remaining three games.
“We have been on tour for two months, the boys have been away from home, families and something is happening at home.