Some experienced names missed out in South Africa’s squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, announced today.
The squad did not feature all-rounder Chris Morris, former captain Faf du Plessis, and veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir.
Tahir and du Plessis, in particular, had retired from other forms of the game, with one eye on playing in the upcoming World Cup.
Temba Bavuma will captain a young side in the UAE – he is expected to recover from a thumb injury in time for the tournament – that also featured Keshav Maharaj, the left-arm spinner who is yet to play a T20I.
Maharaj will captain South Africa during the upcoming T20I series in Sri Lanka in Bavuma’s absence.
South Africa are well stocked in the spin department with Maharaj being joined by Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin as specialist spinners.
Quinton de Kock, Aidem Markram, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller form part of an experienced batting line-up, and the Proteas also boast a fearsome fast-bowling line-up, featuring Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje.
George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo and Lizaad Williams were named as reserve players.