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SA ODI team arrive In New Delhi, set to avoid customary handshakes


The South African team has arrived in New Delhi on Monday for a three-match one-day international series against India starting in Dharamsala from March 12.

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The Proteas head coach Mark Boucher said the cricketers could avoid the customary handshakes during their stay in India as the number of reported positive coronavirus cases in the country crossed 40 till to date.

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“With regards to handshakes and type of stuff that’s concern, so it will probably be fine if we do the same if it comes to that. I think it’s a way to stop anything from happening to our guys,”

Boucher told the media during his pre-departure press conference.

“I think it’s out of respect for players around you and not to pass on something that you might have,” he added.

With medical and security team accompanying the cricketers in the tour, South Africa went ahead after a high pitched risk assessment.

“Look we have a security staff and if we have medical concerns, we give it to them and they come up with recommendations. If they think its too dangerous, they will pull us out and they are no different,” he said.

“We had a nice brief last night from medical staff about the virus going around is that its a major concern. We are not medical people and we don’t know medicine like they do.

“So we have taken their recommendations and I am sure they have put stuff in places that’s going to help us,” Boucher said.

The series’ second and third ODI will be played in Lucknow (March 15) and Kolkata (March 18).

South Africa squad:

Quinton de Kock (c & wk), Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Anrich Nortje, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan.

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