South Africa’s Opening Batsman Aiden Markram & all-rounder Mulder will make a comeback to South Africa’s ODI Squad for the first time in two years ahead of the three match home series against Pakistan which will start from next month.
Markram has not played International Cricket since the World Cup in England as he failed to continue his test form into the ODI format while Mulder last played in the home series against Sri-Lanka in March 2019. Uncapped fast bowler Lizaad Williams and burley all-rounder Sisanda Magala are also included in the extended 22 member’s squad which will be headed for the first time by Temba Bavuma. The matches are slated to be played from April 2 to April 7 & will be followed by a 4 match T20I series. Cricket South Africa has confirmed that players who are bought by the IPL franchises will be released for the cash rich league before the start of the IPL 2021.
This means that Quinton De Kock, Kasigo Rabada & Lungi Nigdi will be released from the ODI & T20I squad along with Chris Morris who is bought by the Rajasthan Royals for 2.25 million.
Convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang quotes as saying in a media release from Cricket South Africa, “South Africa’s ODI squad has a great caliber of talent & I am glad to see how they will perform in the home series. We have enough experienced players within the squad to provide a tough competition to Pakistan. The T20I squad also indicated our depth as a Cricket Nation with some of the senior players going to play in the IPL 2021”.
South Africa ODI squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts, Rassie van der Dussen, Junior Dala, Lutho Sipamla, Wiaan Mulder, Sisanda Magala, Kyle Verreynne, Daryn Dupavillon, Lizaad Williams
South Africa T20 squad: Temba Bavuma (captain), Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Kyle Verreynne, Pite van Biljon, Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams, Wihan Lubbe