Heinrich Klaasen will lead the Proteas in their T20 series against Pakistan with the bulk of South Africa’s Test squad not included including current captain Quinton de Kock.
With South Africa set to face Australia in a three-match series originally scheduled to begin on 18 February and the final T20 on 14 February, it would have made it impossible for the test squad to have played in both series’ which has meant that 2020 IPL leading wicket-taker Kagiso Rabada will not feature in the series.
“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,” said CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith. “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 finalized.
“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.”
There are maiden call-ups for four players as Okuhle Cele, Ryan Rickleton, Nandre Burger and Jacques Snyman will all join the set up for the first time while seamer Glenton Stuurman is back in the mix after recovering from injury.
There will, however, be plenty of experience across the likes of Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts and Reeza Hendricks with Lutho Sipamla, George Linde, and Tabraiz Shamsi members of the current test squad who will still feature in the T20’s.
Proteas T20 Squad to Pakistan
Heinrich Klaasen (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Nandre Burger (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), Okuhle Cele (Momentum Multiply Titans), Junior Dala (Momentum Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), George Linde (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), Janneman Malan (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Ryan Rickleton (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Imperial Lions), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors), Pite van Biljon (VKB Knights), Glenton Stuurman (Warriors), Jacques Snyman (VKB Knights).