Ten SA ‘A’ players hospitalised in India


The South Africa 'A' side, who is currently on tour in India, has had 10 of their 16 squad members hospitalised due to food poisoning, which has seen one of their matches on tour being postponed.

The second-string Proteas side still completed their 50-over-match against India on Sunday, despite having to take the field with three players still on the sick list.

Reeza Hendricks, Khaya Zondo and Mthokozisi Shezi played despite feeling unwell while Quinton de Kock, who scored a century in the match, was rushed to hospital after the game.

With their squad stretched due to player availability, South Africa A's video analyst Hendrikus Coertzen and India 'A' 12th man Mandeep Singh fielded for the visitors.

Cricket South Africa said in statement: "With half of the squad going down ill overnight South Africa was forced to play (against India A on Sunday) 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.

"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."

They were due to play Australia 'A' in Chennai on Monday but had the game put back until Tuesday.