South Africa Cricket board decided to give rest to the IPL bound players for the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan next month. They will be released after the 50-over fixtures which means the T20 side will lack of experience of some renowned seniors.
No IPL Players for T20I Series
South Africa chose their ODI and T20I squads for the Pakistan series. What is interesting in their T20I squad is the absence of a bunch of players. The concerned cricket board decided to release IPL-bound players after the 50-over three-match series. The matches will be played between April 2-7. Both teams will be facing each other for a four-match T20I series after that. Cricket South Africa confirmed that players with Indian Premier League contract will be released for the competition starting on April 9.
Aiden Markram and all-rounder Wiaan Mulder made it to South Africa’s One-Day International squad for the first time in two years. 0n the other hand, uncapped seamer Lizaad Williams and all-rounder Sisanda Magala were also named in the extended 22-man squad. Temba Bavuma will be leading the team for the first time.
Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, will be missing the shortest format series while the all-rounder Chris Morris will not play any of the series. “The ODI squad boasts the calibre of talent we have in South African cricket and I’m really excited to see how they go about the series. We have enough experience within that squad to provide a good challenge to Pakistan,” convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang said in a media release from Cricket South Africa.”The T20 squad is also a good indication of our depth as a cricket nation with the loss of some of the senior players to the IPL.”
ODI squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, fAndile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts, Rassie van der Dussen, Junior Dala, Lutho Sipamla, Wiaan Mulder, Sisanda Magala, Kyle Verreynne, Daryn Dupavillon, Lizaad Williams
Twenty20 squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Kyle Verreynne, Pite van Biljon, Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams, Wihan Lubbe