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Ten South African players hospitalized due to food poisoning in India

CHENNAI: Ten players of South Africa A team were hospitalized yesterday owing to food poisoning after a match with India.

Opener Quinton de Kock, who hit 108 in his side’s eight- wicket loss, was rushed to a city hospital after the game, while three others were also hospitalised during the course of the match, reported the Times of India.

Cricket South Africa also issued a press release, saying that currently 10 of their players are in hospital.

“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,” the CSA said.

“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.

In fact, de Kock had to be rushed into action less than 24 hours after arriving in India as six of his teammates were also on the sick bed.

Due to the hospitalisation of the players, India A will replace South Africa A in tomorrow’s tri-series match against Australia A.

“South Africa A were due to play Australia A tomorrow but in the circumstances (10 in hospital) this match has been put back to Tuesday,” the CSA said.

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