South Africa have announced their 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup 2021. Temba Bavuma will lead South Africa in a major competition for the first time in his career. Uncapped Keshav Maharaj has been picked for the tournament, but there is however, no place in the side for veterans Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir or even Chris Morris, who is IPL's more expensive player..
Maharaj has already played 36 Tests and 14 ODIs for the Proteas but has not played in the shortest format for them. However, in his 104 T20s, he has scalped 83 wickets at an economy rate of 6.62.
Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin are the only two spinners in the squad, while George Linde makes the reserves along with Andile Phehlukwayo and Lizaad Williams. Mulder, who has played just four T20Is has also been named.
“The National Selection Panel and I are extremely excited to announce this squad, which we believe is a world-beating squad. It has been a busy last few months for the Proteas and we have had enough time to assess our options and we are pleased with the outcome,” said CSA Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang.
The Protas kick start their World Cup campaign against Australia on October 23 in Abu Dhabi in the Super 12 stage of the competition. They will also take on England, defending champions West Indies and one qualifying team from groups A and B.
South Africa squad for T20 World Cup 2021: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen
Reserves: George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams