South Africa appoints Aiden Markram as new T20I captain; Check squad against West Indies

Aiden Markram has been named South Africa’s new T20I captain, succeeding Temba Bavuma, who stepped down as captain last month as part of the CSA’s leadership restructuring. Bavuma, who retained the ODI captaincy, recently took over as Test captain from Dean Elgar.

The 28-year-old Markram, who led South Africa to the Under-19 World Cup title in 2014, has captained at the domestic and franchise levels, including the inaugural SA20 tournament, which he won with Sunrisers Eastern Cape. The three T20Is against the West Indies later this month will be Markram’s first captaincy assignment.

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Bjorn Fortuin and Sisanda Magala have been named to the T20I squad, while Bavuma has been left out.

“I would like to congratulate Aiden on his appointment as captain of the Proteas T20I team. Leadership is extremely familiar to him having successfully led on so many levels. He is a player that inspires confidence and he has all the qualities to succeed in the role. We have no doubt will help take South Africa to the next level,” said Enoch Nkwe, South Africa’s director of cricket. “At the same time, we would like to thank Temba for filling the position so aptly over the past two years. He has done a commendable job during this period and now has a new role to fulfil within the national set-up.”

“I am also excited to have Aiden take the reigns as T20I captain as he is very familiar to the setup and works well with those around him. He is a player that leads from the front and we have no doubt he will take this team to the next level in the years ahead.”

South Africa T20I squad: Aiden Markram (c), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs.