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Proteas name two uncapped seamers in Test squad for Pakistan tour

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Dolphins seamers Daryn Dupavillon and Ottneil Baartman have been included into the Proteas Test squad for the two-match series in Pakistan. 

It is Dupavillon’s maiden Test call-up and Baartman’s first-ever inclusion in a Proteas squad.

Dupavillon and Baartman get the call

South Africa’s historic tour to Pakistan will see them play in the country for the first time in 14 years, between 26 January to 14 February 2021. 

The two-match Test series, taking place in Karachi and Rawalpindi, will be followed by three T20 internationals in Lahore.

The 21-strong squad includes the majority of the players that were named in the enlarged squad for the home Test series against Sri Lanka. 

The bowling attack is strengthened by the returns of Kagiso Rabada and Dwaine Pretorius – both of whom are fully fit to play – with a spin-bowling boost in the form of left-armers Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde.

Baartman gets Proteas reward

Oudtshoorn-born Baartman boasts 82 First-Class wickets from 28 matches with best bowling figures of 14/95 at an average of 26.84. His franchise teammate Dupavillon, has 59 First-Class matches under his belt, with 189 wickets to his name and best bowling figures 11/104 at an average of 23.88. The pair, if given the opportunity to play, will be exciting players to look out for.

“As a selection panel, we are very excited to see how the tour of Pakistan will pan out for the players we have chosen,” commented Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang.

“We are confident in our selections and believe in rewarding good performances both on and off the field, which is why we have gone with the core of the group that was selected for the Sri Lanka home series.

“Considering that the conditions that will be faced are largely unknown to the South African team, we wanted to strengthen the attack with the skill sets that Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde have to offer, while giving players like Daryn Dupavillon and Ottneil Baartman an opportunity after making strong cases for themselves in recent seasons,” Mpitsang concluded.

Those players selected for the Test squad who form part of franchise teams for the Momentum One-Day Cup fixtures coming up in the next few days, will still take part in the competition. The contest has been moved into a Bio-Secure Environment (BSE) in Potchefstroom.

The squad will depart for Pakistan on Friday, 15 January, followed by the T20 squad at a later date. The teams will travel commercially and enter into a period of quarantine in Karachi before commencing with training and intra-squad practice matches.

The T20 squad announcement will follow next week.

The Proteas Test squad for tour to Pakistan

Quinton de Kock (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), Faf du Plessis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Momentum Multiply Titans), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Wiaan Mulder (Imperial Lions), Lutho Sipamla (Imperial Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Kyle Verreynne (Six Gun Gill Cape Cobras), Sarel Erwee (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Keegan Petersen (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), George Linde (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), Daryn Dupavillon (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Ottniel Baartman (Hollywoodbets Dolphins).  

Pakistan Test Series vs South Africa Itinerary  

26-30 January – 1st Test, Karachi 

04-08 February – 2nd Test, Rawalpindi 

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Cricket latest | Rajasthan Royals cut Steve Smith, Lasith Malinga quits IPL

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Indian Premier League (IPL) big spenders Rajasthan Royals said on Wednesday they will not be keeping Australian star batsman Steve Smith for this year’s contest while the league’s highest wicket taker Lasith Malinga has retired from all T20 contests.

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The Royals decision is a second blow this week for Smith after being in the Australian side beaten by India in a Test series.

The Royals have however kept England stars Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer in their team which Smith had captained this year when they came bottom of the eight team league.

“Steve Smith has been a great player and great leader for the Royals, and we want to thank him for his contribution to the franchise,” said Royals owner Manoj Badale. 

Sanju Samson will be the new captain.

The star batsman played 14 matches in the 2020 IPL, which was played behind closed doors in the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic, scoring 311 runs.

Smith contributed a century and two fifties for Australia in the Test series won by India 2-1 and would still be a top draw in the IPL auction due to be held next month.

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Sri Lankan fast bowler Malinga, 37, has been with the Mumbai Indians for 12 seasons, taking 170 wickets, though he pulled out of the 2020 competition which the side won for their fifth title.

“After discussing with family, I think now is the right time to retire from all franchise cricket,” Malinga said.

“The pandemic situation and the restrictions on travel will make it difficult for me given my personal circumstances to participate fully in franchise cricket for the next year and therefore it is best to make this decision now.”

The Indians have also released pace trio Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Pattinson from Australia and New Zealand’s Mitchell McClenaghan.

Meanwhile, Australia’s Marcus Stoinis will stay on for his franchise Delhi Capitals along with South African quick Kagiso Rabada. But the side have released England batsman Jason Roy.

Punjab King’s XI, among the poor performers in 2020, have released Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell. Punjab said however that they will be keeping 41-year-old West Indies big hitter Chris Gayle who will be looking to add to his record 13 500 runs in T20 cricket.

The IPL – the world’s wealthiest cricket tournament which attracts top stars from around the globe – is expected to start in April.

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Heinrich Klaasen to skipper youthful Proteas side in Pakistan T20 series

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Heinrich Klaasen will captain the Proteas’ T20 squad in their three-match series against Pakistan in Lahore from 11-14 February 2021. 

He will lead the national team for the first time. 

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The strategy forms part of the measures put in place by CSA to ensure that the Test squad, captained by Quinton de Kock, can return to South Africa and satisfy the overseas travel Covid-19 quarantine protocol ahead of that team’s three-Test series against Australia.

CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has compelled sporting bodies to find innovative ways of ensuring tours and sporting events take place as planned or with as little disruption to revised plans as possible. We are not exempt from that, and have had to do a bit of outside-of-the-box thinking to ensure that we are fully prepared for a home Test tour against Australia, while having an exciting T20 series to compete in, in Pakistan.

“We’re in the final stages of concluding plans for how the coaching and support staff will also be managed for the two tours. We will share those details when they have been finalised.

“It’s an example of the measures that some cricket nations will have to put in place to ensure that they can squeeze more than one tour in a period of three or four months, while fulfilling Covid-19 protocol obligations.

“The circumstances we find ourselves in allow the National Selection Panel to cast a wide net and give some of the young and exciting talent that has been in their sights the opportunity of a lifetime in a T20 World Cup year.”

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The T20 squad boasts several new faces as the Proteas continue to rebuild after the losses of numerous players to retirement in recent times.

There does not seem to be a better time for the National Selection Panel to look at new options than now, with the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup taking place in India this September.

PRETORIUS AND SHAMZI WILL SUPPORT HEINRICH KLAASEN

Okuhle Cele, Ryan Rickleton and Jacques Snyman receive their maiden national team call-ups, while Glenton Stuurman will return to the national team after a left quadriceps muscle strain saw him released from the Test squad ahead of the start of the second match against Sri Lanka and Johannesburg.

Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla and George Linde from the Test squad have also been included for the T20 fixtures.

They, along with Andile Phehlukwayo, Reeza Hendricks and Jon-Jon Smuts, will offer the required experience that the predominantly youthful squad will require to excel in the Lahore.

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CSA Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang said: “A lot will be said about the inexperience of this team, but the Selection Panel and I believe we have a special group of players in this team that will do us proud in Pakistan. It’s a big year for T20 international cricket, with the World Cup coming up and this is the ideal opportunity for youngsters to put their hands up and grab opportunities, however they may come.

“We are excited to see what these youngsters will do under what won’t be the easiest of conditions, but more than that, we as a Panel, are looking forward to seeing the more experienced players step up as leaders and take ownership of the team.

“We fully support Heinrich Klaasen with the captaincy role. He is not new to leading a team and has done so throughout his career. We know he is more than up for the challenge and will represent South Africa well in Pakistan.

“On behalf of the National Selectors Panel, I would like to wish him and the team all of the best for what will truly be an exciting and highly anticipated series.”

Travel details for the T20 squad will be released in due course.

Proteas T20 squad to tour Pakistan:

Heinrich Klaasen (captain), Nandre Burger, Okuhle Cele, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, George Linde, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Ryan Rickleton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Pite van Biljon, Glenton Stuurman, Jacques Snyman

Pakistan T20 series v South Africa itinerary:

Thursday, 11 February – 1st T20I, Lahore

Saturday, 13 February – 2nd T20I, Lahore

Sunday, 14 February – 3rd T20I, Lahore

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