World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has announced his squad for the 2020/2021 season.

Boland duo, batsman Isma-eel Gafieldien and fast bowler Ziyaad Abrahams, have been rewarded with franchise contracts after impressive seasons for Boland in both the CSA 3 Day Provincial and 1 Day Competitions. Gafieldien finished the tournament with 712 runs, at an average of 54.76, including 3 centuries and 2 half centuries, whilst Abrahams took 17 wickets at an average of 24.17 in 6 three day matches and 10 wickets at an average of 13.70 in four 1 Day matches.

There is also a first professional contract for SA U19 batsman Jonathan Bird who impressed during last season’s Momentum One Day Cup after being called-up to the side when Janneman Malan and Kyle Verreynne were away on Proteas duty, scoring 167 runs in 5 matches, including his maiden half century for the franchise.

There is a return to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras for fast bowler Tshepo Moreki who impressed for the Momentum Multiply Titans last season, whilst there will be a huge Cape Town welcome for all-rounders Corbin Bosch (from Titans), Onke Nyaku (from Warriors) and Calvin Savage (from Dolphins). All three players will offer Prince enormous amount in all facets of the game.

Spinner Imraan Manack joins the franchise after having enjoyed a fruitful Momentum One Day Cup for the Titans last season, ending the tournament as their top wicket-taker with 13 wickets and he will be out to plug the gap left by Dane Piedt who will be furthering his cricket career in the USA.

Former Titans batsman left-hand batsman Tony de Zorzi, joins the squad looking to take the next step in his career and the 22-year-old is looking forward to being mentored by Prince: “I really wanted to work with Ashwell,” said De Zorzi in a recent interview with Cricket Fanatics Magazine.

“He’s played at the highest level and he knows what it takes to be successful at that level, especially as a batsman. He’s straightforward, and I like that. I’ve seen a lot of youngsters like Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Zubayr Hamza and Jason Smith excel under his coaching. The Cobras squad is a young one with a lot of exciting talent and I’d like to be part of that team culture,” he added.

In announcing his squad for next season, Prince expressed his confidence that the players he has recruited will fit right into his squad and deliver top performances as the franchise seeks to get back to winning ways after a disappointing 2019/2020 season.

“We’re absolutely delighted with our work during what is now becoming more and more like a football transfer window. We have been a very competitive squad in 4 day cricket over the last 3 years but no so much in white-ball cricket. I believe all the new signings will bolster our squad, especially in the shorter formats and give us a more competitive squad for all the formats.”

Prince also paid tribute a number of stalwarts who have left the franchise from a playing point of view.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to Western Province and Cape Cobras stalwarts Vernon Philander, Rory Kleinveldt, Dane Piedt and Dane Paterson for their commitment and outstanding performances for the region over the years.

“I also want to wish the following players, Lizaad Williams, Matthew Kleinveldt, Ferisco Adams, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Tladi Bokako, Simon Khomari and Thando Ntini all the best with their journeys that they have chosen.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras CEO Nabeal Dien congratulated the new members of the squad: “We are very happy with the business we have done in this period, we have brought in players who we know have the capabilities, combined with the expertise of Ashwell and his entire management team, to take the next step up in their respective careers and represent the Proteas like a number of our players have done over the past few seasons.”

Western Cape Cricket Chairman Nic Kock wished the squad well for what is going to be a tough season ahead: “The Covid-19 experience has put life for many South Africans into perspective and we continue to encourage Cobras fans to stay at home and adhere to all the lockdown conditions laid out by our Government. We have made some exciting new signings that should add consistency to our positive brand of cricket in our drive to secure silverware.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad 2020/2021:

Ziyaad Abrahams, Jonathan Bird, Corbin Bosch, Nandre Burger, Tony de Zorzi, Isma-eel Gafieldien, Zubayr Hamza, George Linde, Pieter Malan, Janneman Malan, Imraan Manack, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyyaka, Tshepo Moreki, Onke Nyaku, Calvin Savage, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder George Linde rounded off his season of personal success by adding three more Awards at the Annual World Sports Betting Cape Cobras end of season Awards. Whilst there was no official function due to the country-wide lockdown, the Awards signal the official end to the 2019/2020 season which was curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fast bowler Thando Ntini was awarded the YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Ntini was called up to coach Ashwell Prince’s squad from the Western Province team prior to the third round of the 4 Day Series and never looked back as he went on to play in 9 of the Cobras’ 10 Momentum One Day Cup matches and was the top wicket-taker for the franchise in the tournament with 14 wickets at an average of 28.28 and an economy rate of 5.53.

Zubayr Hamza was awarded the MOMENTUM ONE DAY CUP PLAYER OF THE YEAR after he showed sublime form and character throughout the tournament which included two centuries and three half centuries as well as taking on the captaincy reigns during a disappointing tournament for his side. Hamza finished the competition with 582 runs from 10 innings at an average of 58.2 and included a career-best innings of 156 for good measure.

Linde was awarded the CSA 4 DAY SERIES PLAYER OF THE YEAR in a campaign where he took 30 wickets at an average of just 20.96, including two 10-wicket match hauls in just 6 matches. His best innings haul was 7/64 with a best match-haul of 11/131 against the Dolphins in Oudtshoorn. He underlined his value as one of the country’s best all-rounders with 345 runs, including 2 centuries at an average of 49.28.

Linde, who was recently named as the South African Cricketers Association (SACA) MVP, also earned the PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD after he earned the most votes from his peers for his overall contributions to the team during the past season.

To put the icing on the cake of success throughout the season, Linde was named as the WORLD SPORTS BETTING CAPE COBRAS PLAYER OF THE YEAR.

Head coach Ashwell Prince congratulated all the Award winners: “Whilst it was a disappointing season for the team, we have quite a few individual highlights to celebrate. Zubayr Hamza was absolutely sensational during the Momentum One Day Cup, scoring 582 runs at a strike rate of 97 dispelling any claims that he might only be a long format player.

“In the same competition young Thando Ntini brought a lot of energy and effervescence, which is synonymous with the Ntini name and bowled beautifully in his maiden Momentum One Day Cup campaign. We wish him everything of the best on his new journey.

“Then George Linde, our Player of the Year. With two 10 wicket hauls and 2 Franchise 100’s in 4 Day Cricket, he earned a well-deserved Test debut and call up to the ODI squad for the India tour. George is starting to have real belief in his ability, and this is showing in these colossal performances for the Cobras.

“Congratulations to all our Award winners,” he concluded.

Despite the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras experiencing a trophy-less season in both domestic competitions, Western Cape Cricket Chairman Nic Kock expressed pride in the amount of Cobras players who took the step up to international level during this past season as well as in the affiliates who continue to produce young talent for the franchise team.

“George (Linde) made his Test debut in India and was called up to both T20 and ODI squads of the Proteas during the 2019/2020 season.  Janneman (Malan) and debutant Kyle (Verreynne) made telling contributions in their ODI appearances on home soil during the successful series against Australia.  Both Dane Paterson and Pieter (Malan) deservedly earned their first Test caps against England with Pieter showing extreme grit in the epic New Year’s Test at Newlands. There was also a return to Test cricket for Dane Piedt (India) and Zubayr Hamza (England). Zubayr showed great character when he was dropped from the Test team. He re-joined the WSB Cape Cobras in the new role of captain for the Momentum One Day Cup and proceeded to finish as the 2nd top run scorer in the competition. This meant he ended up as the top run getter for the Cobras that ultimately earned him the MODC Player of the Season for the franchise.

“On a local front, it was very comforting to see our affiliates WP, SWD and Boland producing exciting young players for our Franchise. We remain grateful to our loyal fans and our commercial partners whose support has transformed the WSB Cape Cobras into the biggest brand on the domestic scene.”

Outgoing Western Cape Cricket CEO Nabeal Dien outlined his wish for the franchise as he concludes his tenure at the end of April. “Whilst it is crucial to celebrate the individual successes of our players, we now have to get the formula right to start winning competitions again.

“On a personal note, I find it a fitting farewell to be leaving the franchise as some of the players who I have seen come through from Under 12 level – the likes of Vernon Philander, JP Duminy, Rory Kleinveldt,  Hashim Amla – finish their careers at the same time as I do. As I leave my post, I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved on my journey and I wish the franchise and our affiliates only success in the future.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Award Winners:

Young Player of the Year: Thando Ntini

CSA 4 Day Series Player of the Year: George Linde

Momentum One Day Cup Player of the Year: Zubayr Hamza

Players’ Player of the Year: George Linde

Player of the Year: George Linde

The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) on Friday congratulated Cape Cobras all-rounder George Linde on ending the season at the top of the overall SACA MVP in domestic franchise cricket for the 2019/20 season.  

Linde finished on a total of 325.337 points, a handful of points ahead of Dolphins duo, all-rounder, Prenelan Subrayen (306.297) and wicketkeeper-batsman, Grant Roelofsen (302.650).  

The SACA MVP rankings measure the overall performances of players in domestic franchise cricket across all three CSA domestic franchise competitions – the 4-Day competition and the One-Day Cup.  

Players earn points based on an internationally recognised formula, used by many player associations around the world, for batting, bowling, fielding and a players contribution to matches won by the team.  

The points are weighted across CSA’s domestic franchise competitions, to ensure that critical performances are recognised in each match.

The SACA MVP rankings also identify those players who have performed outstandingly in particular competitions with overall points broken down into batting, bowling and fielding indices.

“It’s a great feeling finishing top of the SACA MVP for the season,” said Linde.  

“It was a short, but great season for me this year and I am looking forward to next season.”

Linde’s consistent performances in the 4 Day competition concluded with a total of 30 wickets with two 10 wicket hauls and three fifers. He was rewarded with call up’s to both the Proteas Test and ODI squad’s this season.

“It has been another great season of cricket and I would like to congratulate George on winning the coveted title and to Prenelan and Grant who finished in second and third respectively,” said SACA chief executive officer, Andrew Breetzke.

“Despite an early end to the season, there were a number of strong individual and team performances and I would like to thank all the players for their ongoing commitment to the game and the hard work put in by them.”

Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced the domestic playing structure for the franchise and provincial 2020/21 season that will also see the innovative launch of new competitions at amateur level.

The six franchises will again contest the professional competitions while all 15 affiliates will be involved in the provincial competitions.

The new structures, as recommended by the CSA Cricket Committee, were approved at a joint meeting of the CSA Members’ Council and the CSA Board of Directors.

The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) has also been consulted and kept informed as the process has unfolded.

The changed structures were developed by the Domestic Cricket Review Committee headed by former ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.

Primary Objectives

  1. Preserve status quo for 2020/21 season
    1. Reduce competition costs
    1. Provide meaningful and commercially attractive content for franchises and provinces
    1. Promote fan engagement and loyalty
    1. Create clear pathway and boost to feeder structures (clubs and universities)

“It is important that we announce the new structures timeously,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Dr. Jacques Faul, “so that all franchises and provinces have a clear picture of the road ahead to advise the contracting of their players.

“I would like to thank all our stakeholders for buying into the new structures.

“I am sure that they will once again provide highly competitive cricket at all levels and we are also looking forward to the launch of new products in the provincial 40-over knockout competition and the T20 Super Club Cup that will provide further opportunities at provincial, under-19, university and club level.

“Our schools, clubs and universities are vital components to our development pipeline and these competitions will grow our cricket pathways significantly,” concluded Dr. Faul.

FRANCHISE CRICKET STRUCTURE

The four-day competition will consist of two groups of three teams each that will play home and away fixtures against the other teams in their group and a single round against the teams in the other group. This will give each franchise a minimum of seven matches while the two group winners will have an eighth game when they play-off for the title.

The same format will apply for the Momentum One-Day Cup with each team guaranteed seven fixtures while the two group winners will again play off for the title.

SENIOR PROVINCIAL CRICKET

The 15 teams will be divided into two groups of eight and seven teams which will play a single round of group matches. They will also play one-day matches on the same weekend on the same basis.

The matches involving Mpumalanga and Limpopo will not have first-class or List A status respectively but will count for log points.

There will also be a new 40-over knock-out competition involving the 15 provinces plus SA under-19 that will take place on weekends when franchise and school players will be available for their respective teams.

AMATEUR

There will be a Super Club T20 competition that will be contested by the top six university teams (from the SA Varsity competition) plus the top three community teams (from the Momentum Community Cup competition).

They will all play eight T20 matches (four at home and four away) plus a final during the January/February window.

Lehan Botha recorded a timeous first century of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Academy 1-Day Week as the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras were crowned champions on a thrilling final day of action in George on Saturday.

All three matches went down to the wire in the Western Cape, where there were also wins for the Imperial Lions and Hollywoodbets Dolphins.

But the Cobras’ 11-run victory over the VKB Knights was just about enough to help them end top of the table on net run-rate from the Lions, who were 12-run winners over the Warriors.

Botha led the way for the local favourites, with his imposing 131 off 147 balls (13 fours, 5 sixes) powering his team to a mammoth 267 for six – the highest total of the week.

There was also a handy 57 (105 balls, 4 fours) from Lourens Smith, whose opening partnership of 195 with Botha paved the way for the Cobras to record that impressive score.

In a wonderful chase, Christoffel Klijnhans record 97 off 132 balls (10 fours, 3 sixes) as the Central Franchise ran their opponents close by replying with 256 in 49.1 overs.

Marco de Kock (48) also played his role in the chase, but four wickets by Kyle Pluke (4/52) proved key to bowling out the Knights with five deliveries to spare.

Elsewhere, the Lions did their best to overhaul the Cobras at the summit, but fell narrowly short despite another nail-biting game.

Levert Manje hit 69 (94 balls, 6 fours, 3 sixes) and received good support via 40s from Nabeel Ahmed (43) and Jacob Miltz (44) as the Johannesburg-based team posted 218 after they lost the toss and were put into bat.

Sintu Majiza was the pick of the Warriors’ bowlers with an impressive four for 33.

Luke Beaufort and Morne Venter both struck half-centuries in reply – the former 73 off 130 balls (7 fours, 1 six) and the latter an unbeaten 62 off 68 balls (5 fours, 3 sixes) – but the Eastern Cape franchise fell just short after being restricted to 206 for nine.

Tetelo Maphaka, one of four bowlers to pick up two wickets, returned the best figures of two for 31.

The final result of the day was the tightest of the lot as the Dolphins nipped past the Titans by one wicket and with three balls remaining in a chase of 203.

Matthew Pollard was the star in that game with his attacking unbeaten 56 off 60 balls (1 four, 3 sixes) doing just enough to close out the game.

After winning the toss and batting, the Cemturion-based team totalled 202 for seven thanks in the main to Wisani Mushwana (47), Kiel van Vollenhoven (38 not out) and Tshiamo Lebeloane (29).

Yves Kamanzi claimed two wickets for 24.

Jason Kraft (69 off 96 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) then lead the early part of the chase, before Pollard completed the job to secure a second win for the KwaZulu-Natal side.

Full scorecards, scores and the table from the CSA Franchise Academy 1-Day Week that took place in George this past week are available at www.websports.co.za.

Sisanda Magala claimed a career-best six wickets to help the Warriors end their Momentum One-Day Cup regular season in style by crushing the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras by eight wickets in East London on Saturday.

The hosts were already more or less assured of a place in the semi-finals before the start of the round 10 fixture at Buffalo Park, but they ensured that they will enter the play-offs on a high.

Magala led the way with his fine haul of six for 24 in 8.3 overs – the seamer conceding just one boundary in his spell – as the visitors slumped to 188 all out in 44.3 overs.

Matthew Breetzke then struck an unbeaten 80 off 84 balls (12 fours) as the men from the Eastern Cape knocked off the runs in just 34.2 overs.

It was a miserable end to a forgettable campaign for Ashwell Prince’s side after they closed with an eighth defeat in 10 games, seven of those coming in succession.

The Warriors march on to next week’s last four where they will face the Imperial Lions on the road on Wednesday.

They secured that meeting by finishing third and the final match could not have gone any better for their coach, Robin Peterson.

The home side were disciplined with the ball thanks to the canny Magala as he produced the best overall figures of the season.

A big part of his return came late on when the visitors lost six wickets for nine runs to fall from 179 for four to 188 all out.

Before that, however, the visitors had progressed nicely thanks to one of the competition’s leading run-scorers and captain, Zubayr Hamza, who hit 48.

There was also 39 by Jonathan Bird and Tayo Walbrugh hit 32.

Magala then outfoxed the pair, before running through the middle order and tail to leave 189 to get.

It was his best figures in List A cricket, surpassing the six for 44 taken for Eastern Province against Northerns at Port Elizabeth-GS in 2013/14.

Eddie Moore (40) and Breetzke put on 70 for the opening wicket, followed by 60 between Sinthemba Qeshile (35) and the young opener.

Thereafter, Marco Marais plundered an unbeaten 31 in an unbroken 61-run stand that completed the job for the Warriors.

The latest Momentum One-Day Cup table:

P W L Tied NR Bonus Pts Net RR
Hollywoodbets Dolphins 10 7 3 0 0 2 30 0,69
Imperial Lions 10 6 3 0 1 2 28 0,36
Warriors 10 5 4 0 1 2 24 0,13
Multiply Titans 9 4 5 0 0 2 18 0,18
VKB Knights 9 3 4 0 2 1 17 -0,72
WSB Cape Cobras 10 2 8 0 0 0 8 -0,88

An inspired bowling display followed by Patrick Kruger’s dashing half-century ensured that the VKB Knights were still very much alive in the race for the Momentum One-Day Cup semi-finals after they blew away the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras with a bonus point victory in Oudtshoorn on Saturday.

The Central Franchise won by seven wickets and with more than 22 overs to spare at the Recreation Ground, where 172 for nine played 173 for three after the underwhelming hosts won the toss and batted first.

But they were massively disappointing as the visitors came out all guns blazing.

Shaun von Berg’s three wickets for just 23 in 10 overs were the best of the figures, while Andries Gous (2/9), Ottniel Baartman (2/24) and Jacques Snyman (1/26) were also excellent – the Cobras making a complete mess of their innings.

Only Aviwe Mgijima managed to walk away with any credit after he hit an unbeaten 44.

In reply, the Knights wasted little time getting to their target, with Kruger clubbing three sixes and six fours in a quick-fire 60 off 47 balls to power his side to a vital win – one that lifted them to fourth on the table.

That represented good progress for a side that had failed to win any of their first four matches.

Their opponents, meanwhile, remained rooted to the foot of the table, with their play-off hopes hanging by a thread.

The Cobras, who have been hit hard by Standard Bank Proteas call-ups, handed a debut to Tayo Walbrugh and the youngster alongside Pieter Malan (29) did at least manage a strong start to the game through an opening stand of 49.

But spinner Von Berg removed both men and followed that up accounting for the competition’s top-scorer and opposing captain Zubayr Hamza (5).

And it continued to go south from there, with a total of six wickets slipping for less than 50 runs as the Cobras suddenly found themselves on 94 for six.

Mgijima did his best to stand his ground, but with not much support in terms of batsmen, the home side could only set 173.

Gous, their matchwinner from the previous game, fell early this time, but Snyman’s attacking 45 helped the runs to flow in a 59-run, second-wicket stand alongside Kruger, who then put on 78 with Keegan Petersen (42 not out) for the next wicket.

Pite van Biljon (20) then applied the finishing touches as the Knights sealed an emphatic win with nearly half their overs to spare.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince is preparing his side for the next three crucial Momentum One Day Cup matches as he calls on his team to step up and secure a semi-final spot in the competition.

With the team currently sitting last on the table, Prince is under no illusions as to the task ahead after a disappointing campaign to date. “We’ve had a couple of weeks off and maybe not at a bad time for us as we’ve been through a bit of a bad patch in terms of results, so we had a warm-up match yesterday to get the guys back into the groove before we headed off to Oudtshoorn.

“A couple of guys like Zubayr and Jono Bird are still playing good cricket, hitting the ball nicely, so I’m hoping one or two guys can find a bit more touch before the next game. The next week or two that’s coming up are quite important to us because they are all must-win games. We’ve got the Knights coming up first in Oudtshoorn on Saturday. We’ve had a good few results over there over the last couple of years, it’s been a good ground for us so we’re looking forward to playing there again.

Prince will have to do without Proteas trio Janneman Malan, who scored his maiden ODI century in a match-winning effort over Australia on Wednesday, Kyle Verreynne, who has shown impressive maturity in his opening two international matches which earned him a spot in the squad to tour India next week, and George Linde who received his first call-up to the ODI squad, but Prince is encouraging the new players in the squad to take their opportunities.

“This squad has been hit by some call-ups to the national team which is always a positive, but obviously missing Kyle Verreynne, Janneman Malan and George Linde leaves a big hole in the team, but that gives an opportunity to other people to stake a claim and cement their place in the Cobras and look to emulate others who have gone on to get call-ups to the national team.”

A few of those beneficiaries of the national call-ups include SWD spinner Tsepo Ndwandwa who returns to the Cobras squad after playing last season for Prince’s squad, whilst wicket-keeper batsman Mangaliso Mosehle will be looking to make an immediate impact for the side he joined on loan this week. There is also a first call-up to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad for WP hard-hitting batsman Tayo Walbrugh, who is rewarded for some good form for Paul Adams’ WP side and could get the chance to make his franchise debut against the VKB Knights.

The match at The Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn starts at 10h00.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Zubayr Hamza (Captain), Ferisco Adams, Jonathan Bird, Rory Kleinveldt, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Mangaliso Mosehle, Pieter Malan, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Thando Ntini, Dane Piedt, Jason Smith, Tayo Walbrugh, Lizaad Williams

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras today announced the signing of KZN-Inland wicket-keeper batsman Mangaliso Mosehle on loan for the remainder of the Momentum One Day Cup campaign.

The 29-year-old has played for South Africa in 7 T20 Internationals and also has 123 List A matches under his belt and has had previous stints with the Imperial Lions and Momentum Multiply Titans. He was also part of the Paarl Rocks team which won the 2019 Mzansi Super League and World Sports Betting Cape Cobras assistant coach Faiek Davids believes that he will be a valuable signing for the Cape side ahead of three crucial games in the Momentum One Day Cup.

“With Kyle Verreynne being called into the Proteas team for this current Australia series and now the upcoming India series, we needed an experienced wicket-keeper and Mangi is one of the few very experienced guys around. I think it was a good call for us to get his services for the Cobras. He has international experience as well and we can use him in our top order and there’s no doubt that he is one of the best glovemen in the country, so he will be a real asset to the team and we welcome him to our setup.”

Mosehele is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead. “I never thought I’d be here at Newlands, it’s a fantastic ground and the Cobras are a wonderful team to be playing for. I was very grateful to receive the call from the CEO Mr Dien and I’m looking forward to the next few games and hopefully being able to contribute to winning causes for the Coach and the team.”

Mosehele will be in contention for selection for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras team when they take on the VKB Knights in a must-win game in Oudtshoorn on Saturday. The match begins at 10h00.

The squad will be announced on Friday.

Left-arm spinner, George Linde has received his maiden call-up into the Standard Bank Proteas’ One-Day International (ODI) team ahead of their short outbound tour to India from 12-17 March 2020. It will consist of a three-match ODI series taking place in Dharamsala, Lucknow and Kolkata.

The 15-man squad also sees the return of rested players, Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen to bolster the batting line-up as well as the retention of newcomer, Kyle Verreynne who impressed selectors with his score of 48 off 64 on debut against Australia in Paarl on Saturday (29 February). Keshav Maharaj and Lutho Sipamla are also among the retained players, the latter having the added excitement of a maiden outbound international tour.

The selections are a continuation of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) search for the next generation of Proteas who will potentially represent the country in the 2023 ICC World Cup in India as well as an extension of the organization’s bid to give opportunities to young, up and coming players who have been making waves in the franchise system. It is also a good opportunity for the players selected to put their hands up and show what they are capable of in the tough playing conditions of India.

Tabraiz Shamsi was not available for selection as he and his wife Khadija are anticipating the imminent birth of their first-born child.

The full squad is as follows:

Quinton de Kock (captain, wicketkeeper, Momentum Multiply Titans), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions), Faf du Plessis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Kyle Verreynne (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Heinrich Klaasen (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins).

CSA Independent Selector, Linda Zondi expressed the Selection Panel’s pleasure at their chosen team as they continue the team’s rebuild after the losses of several senior players over the last 18 months.

“It is exciting to see the amount of competition for spots that we have within the team and in the franchises, it’s a good headache for us as selectors to have,” he commented. “We are satisfied with our picks for what will certainly be a challenging tour of India. We saw some promising performances last year from the T20 squad that travelled there and we wanted to give a player like George Linde another crack at the conditions which seemed to really suit him.

“We are also particularly pleased with the balance of youth and experience that we have achieved while our young leadership group continues to establish itself. We are looking forward to some good performances in this relatively short tour,” Zondi concluded.

Proteas India tour itinerary

Thursday, 12 March 2020           1st ODI Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala                                                       10:00

Sunday, 15 March 2020               2nd ODI Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow              10:00

Wednesday, 18 March 2020       3rd ODI Eden Gardens, Kolkata 10:00