10 South Africa ‘A’ players hospitalised in Chennai

RSTV Bureau

India ‘A’ team cricketer Mandeep Singh (C) fields for the South Africans after several South African players fell ill because of food poisoning.( Photo – PTI )

South Africa’s ‘A’cricket team, which is currently on a tour to India, faced a major setback. Ten South African players were hospitalised due to “food poisoning”.

On Sunday, three players were rushed to the hospital during the course of the match against India ‘A’ in Chennai. Opener Quinton De Kock, who hit 108 was also admitted to the hospital after the match was over.

South Africa and Australia are in India to play a tri-series tournament.

“With half of the squad going down ill overnight South Africa was forced to play (against India ‘A’ today) an ill- balanced starting XI that had only four frontline bowlers with the likes of Dean Elgar and Khaya Zondo to make up the rest of the overs,” said Cricket South Africa (CSA) in its press release.

“Reeza Hendricks, Zondo and Mthokozisi Shezi were all on the sick list but had to play because there was nobody else available but all three had to be hospitalised during the course of the match. The same applied to De Kock who was hospitalised after the match,” the release said.

Less than 24 hours after arriving in India, De Kock was forced to play the match as six of his teammates were ill.

The tri-series schedule had to be changed owing to the hospitalisation of the players. On Monday India ‘A’ played against Australia ‘A’ instead of the Proteas.

It has been learnt from sources that South Africa ‘A’ team management requested India ‘A’ coach Rahul Dravid for a change in schedule. Coach Rahul Dravid has accepted their request and made the necessary changes.

Interestingly, India’s 12th man Mandeep Singh came in to field for the South African side after De Kock suffered a hamstring pull during the match. South Africa’s video analyst Hendrikus Coertzen was seen fielding in place of left-arm seamer Mthokozisi Shezi, who also fell ill.