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Du Plessis, Tahir, Morris miss out as SA announce squad for T20 World Cup

Tahir and du Plessis had retired from the other forms of the game to focus on playing in the showpiece event scheduled to be held in the UAE from October 17 to November 14.

By: PTI |
Updated: September 9, 2021 8:25:50 pm
South AfricaIn Bavuma's absence, Maharaj will captain South Africa in the upcoming T20I series in Sri Lanka. (FILE)

Former captain Faf du Plessis, veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir and all-rounder Chris Morris were left out as South Africa on Thursday announced an 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Tahir and du Plessis had retired from the other forms of the game to focus on playing in the showpiece event scheduled to be held in the UAE from October 17 to November 14.

Temba Bavuma, who had surgery on Sunday and is expected to be fit by mid to late October, will lead the young team, which also features Keshav Maharaj, the left-arm spinner who is yet to play a T20 International.

In Bavuma’s absence, Maharaj will captain South Africa in the upcoming T20I series in Sri Lanka.

“Kesh is an excellent leader,” said Victor Mpitsang, CSA’s convenor of selectors.

“He has the backing of the team and us as a panel. He has more than proven his leadership skills in the Dolphins set up and reinforced our good decision during the ODI series against Sri Lanka which ended on Tuesday.

“His exemplary captaincy is what we believe is in the best interests of the team’s stability during this last international series that the team gets to play ahead of the World Cup.”

In the spin department, apart from Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin will be the specialist bowlers in the squad.

Quinton de Kock, Aidem Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller will form part of an experienced batting line-up, while the fast-bowling line-up features Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje.

“There is no better time than now for us to bring home the trophy, and bring the nation together in a way that only sport can,” said Mpitsang.

“We hope that South Africans will rally behind this team and cheer them all the way to the final.”

George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo and Lizaad Williams were named as reserve players.

South Africa have been placed in Group 1 in the showpiece event alongside Australia, England, and West Indies.

The Squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), 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.

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