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Dale Steyn names South African cricketer he would ‘love to be quarantined with’

After being forced to return from Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to the coronavirus outbreak, South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has picked a cricketer he would love to be in quarantine with.

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Dale Steyn names South African cricketer he would ‘love to be quarantined with’
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After being forced to return from Pakistan Super League (PSL) due to the coronavirus outbreak, South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has picked a cricketer he would love to be in quarantine with.

Steyn, who is ‘chilling at home’, picked his teammate Quinton de Kock saying he wouldn’t mind being isolated with the wicket-keeper batsman.

“ I would love to be in quarantine with someone like Quinny de Kock,” Steyn told ESPNCricinfo.

Explaining the reasons, Steyn said the current South Africa skipper is a ‘proper cook’ and staying with him would allow him to watch all the fishing videos the left-hander watches.

“He is one of my favorite people in the world. If you walk into his (hotel) room, he’s either making flies for fishing or he is watching a fishing video or he is watching a cooking video. And when you are at his house, he’s doing the same stuff.

“I hate cooking, so it would be great if he was. Because then I could watch all the fishing videos that he’s watching, I could help him do all the tying, and he could cook all the food. He’s a proper cook,” he added.

Steyn also spoke about the COVID-19 outbreak and said it’s pity sporting events are being cancelled. “If you take sport away, then I don’t know really what we have.”

Steyn, who was in Pakistan, said it’s indescribable how the situation changed so quickly. He was playing for Islamabad United in the PSL which got suspended on the day of its semifinal clashes.

“It is actually such a pity that everything is being blocked off, because in a country like South Africa, where we have all of our problems from the past - culture, religion, ethnic backgrounds - the one thing that brings everybody together is a sport,”.

“But now at the moment, you don’t have that. In South Africa, we kind of like looking for things that unite people in big, big groups. When you don’t have sport, it’s like, oh, what do we fall back onto? “And I think Nelson Mandela was the first person to really say that: sport unites people in a way that nothing else does. And if you take sport away, then I don’t know really what we have. We’re gonna have to work it all out.”

However, despite the panic all around, Steyn said he has avoided stockpiling essentials. “It just seems like it is the only topic of conversation. Any WhatsApp groups that I’m part of, it’s really tough to escape. Normally if I am on holiday I’ll be planning a fishing trip or a surfing trip. At the moment I am just chilling at home,” Steyn said.

“We were under that kind of hotel arrest - advised not to go out and wander the streets, which is totally fine; I don’t want to break protocol and (have) something happens and be blamed for cricket never being played in Pakistan again because I did something stupid.”

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