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Controversial Cullinan on commentary for Pakistan-SA series

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Daryll Cullinan. (Gallo Images)
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  • Controversial former Proteas batsman Daryll Cullinan will be on the airwaves for the South Africa-Pakistan tour.
  • Cullinan courted trouble for his 2016 comments in an interview where he said cricket was "inherently not a black man's game".
  • Cullinan toured Pakistan three times as a player.

Controversial former Proteas middle-order batsman Daryll Cullinan will make a return to Test match commentary for South Africa's Test and T20 tour of Pakistan.

Cullinan, who represented South Africa in 70 Tests and 138 ODIs between 1993 and 2001, was a regular commentary booth fixture after his 2005 retirement from other forms of cricket.

A prodigiously talented batsman, Cullinan prospered against most Test nations, but struggled against Australia and Shane Warne in particular.

Cullinan, who divided opinions throughout his career, courted controversy because of an interview in 2016 where he said cricket was "inherently not a black man's game in South Africa".

In a Pakistan Cricket Board press release, Cullinan said he was happy to be back in Pakistan. Cullinan went to Pakistan thrice as a Proteas player. He was there for a triangular series featuring hosts Pakistan and Australia in 1994 where South Africa didn't win a game.

He returned in 1996 for the World Cup where South Africa played all of their group games and fateful quarter-final against the West Indies in Karachi.

He came back for the 1997/98 Test and ODI tour where he struggled for form with 31 runs in four innings in the Test series that South Africa won 1-0 through an exciting 53-run win in the third Test in Faisalabad after drawing the first two in Rawalpindi and  Sheikhupura.

He fared much better in the subsequent Quadrangular series that South Africa won with 130 runs across the four games with one 50.

In a Pakistan Cricket Board press release, Cullinan said he was happy to be back in Pakistan. The series will be broadcast by Star Pakistan.

"I'm thrilled to be back in Pakistan and looking forward to seeing a very competitive series between two very talented teams," Cullinan said.

Cullian will be joined by Mike Haysman, former New Zealand seamer Simon Doull (T20s only), Zainab Abbas, Ramiz Raja, Wasim Akram (Tests only) and Bazid Khan.

The two Tests will take place in Karachi (26-30 January) and Rawalpindi (4-8 February). The three T20s will be hosted by Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium on 11, 13 and 14 February.

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