Pakistan will continue their long campaign of South Africa in the shortest format of the game after the completion of the 5-ODI series. The hosts have announced the 14-man squad for the series. The players that performed well in the recently concluded Mzansi Super League have been rewarded with a place in the national side.
Lutho Sipamla is the new face in the squad. The 20-year-old pacer had an impressive outing while representing Tshwane Spartans. He had picked up 16 wickets from 10 matches and finished as the second highest wicket-taker of the tournament. Gihahn Cloete is another new member in the side.
The speedster Kagiso Rabada has been rested for the series. However, the selectors are excited about the contribution of MSL in the future of South African cricket. The selection of Lutho Sipamla is one such example that the players in the country now have a massive platform to showcase their skills.
“Lutho made a very good impression in the Mzansi Super League which is making a big contribution to our talent pipeline in helping to bridge the gap between franchise and international cricket,” said Linda Zondi, the National Selection Panel convener.
“Rassie van der Dussen, Beuran and Reeza Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Gihahn Cloete and Anrich Nortje were all standout players in the MSL and it is already reaping rich dividends for the future of South African cricket,” added Zondi.
South Africa’s squad for the T2oI series against Pakistan
Faf du Plessis (c), Gihahn Cloete, Junior Dala, Quinton de Kock, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller , Chris Morris, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Rassie van der Dussen