South Africa have selected their squad for the forthcoming T20 World Cup that will be held in the UAE from the 17th of October to the 14th of November. The big news that is coming out from the selection of the squad is that former captain of the team Faf Du Plessis has not been chosen in this team.
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Du Plessis, who retired from Test Cricket earlier this year against Pakistan, will not probably play the T20 World Cup despite being available for selection. He had stated the same, after his last test, that he will now focus on the shorter formats of the game and especially mentioned the two forthcoming T20 World Cups in his statement. This may be considered a baffling decision alongside not picking Imran Tahir or Chris Morris who are both known for their match winning performances in the shortest format of the game.
The team selection has sprung up surprises such as the selection of Keshav Maharaj over George Linde (he is in the reserves). Linde has been South Africa’s 3rd highest wicket taker this year.
South Africa’s injured white-ball captain Temba Bavuma, who had to leave the squad currently touring Sri Lanka after breaking his thumb but is expected to recover in time to lead the team at the World Cup.
Selection convener Victor Mptisang said that he expects spin to play a huge role after the IPL and hence had to look for the balance of the squad. Three spinners who have been selected are Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin, along with Linde in the reserve
Maharaj will be the stand in captain, in place of Bavuma and Mptisang has praised his leadership qualities and said that his captaincy is to keep stability in the team till the World Cup.
South Africa’s T20 World Cup squad:
Bavuma (C), Miller, De Kock, Fortuin, Hendricks, Klaasen, Markram, Mulder, Maharaj, Ngidi, Nortje, Pretorius, Rabada, Shamsi and Van Der Dussen.