South Africa have left out former captain Faf du Plessis as they announced their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, slated to take place between October 17 and November 14 in the UAE and Oman.
Incidentally, Faf du Plessis, who was the skipper of South Africa in the 2019 World Cup, hasn’t played a white-ball international since December last year. Moreover, the squad, led by Temba Bavuma, did not feature all-rounder Chris Morris and spinner Imran Tahir, while George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, and Lizaad Williams were named as reserve players.
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“The National Selection Panel and I are extremely excited to announce this squad, which we believe is a world-beating squad,” said Mpitsang in a statement.
“It has been a busy last few months for the Proteas, and we have had enough time to assess our options and we are pleased with the outcome,” he added.
Temba Bavuma to recover well in time to lead South Africa in T20 World Cup
Victor Mpitsang, CSA Convenor of Selectors is confident that Temba Bavuma, who recently copped up an injury will recover in time to lead the side in the global T20 event.
“The team has blossomed well under the leadership of Temba Bavuma and we look forward to seeing his return to the international stage once he is fully recovered from injury,” he added.
South Africa will take on Australia in the first game of the Super 12 stage on October 23 in Abu Dhabi. England, West Indies, and two other teams who will qualify from ‘Round 1’ are alongside them in Group 1 of the Super 12 stage.
South Africa squad for T20 World Cup: Temba Bavuma, Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.