FARHAAN BEHARDIEN has been appointed as stand-in captain of the Standard Bank Proteas for the first two matches in the KFC T20 International Series against Sri Lanka.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday named a 13-man squad that includes six new caps in this format – Jon-Jon Smuts, Theunis de Bruyn, Mangaliso Mosehle, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson and Lungi Ngidi.
“We have decided to rest some of our key senior players for this series,” commented CSA Selection Convener, Linda Zondi. “This is the last chance we have to do this as the Momentum ODI series that follows is an important part of our build-up to the ICC Champions Trophy Tournament in England in the middle of the year.
“Those senior players who are involved in the Indian Premier League will be playing non-stop from now until the end of August with the tours coming up to New Zealand and England in addition to the ICC event.
“Farhaan was one of the standout players in our franchise T20 Challenge, being the second leading runs scorer behind Jon-Jon Smuts and having the best strike rate.
“David Wiese was one of our original selections but he has informed us that he intends to take up a Kolpak contract and has therefore been withdrawn from the squad.
“Both AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel are due to resume playing at domestic level later this month and could come into contention for the third T20,” added Zondi."
Smuts told AlgoaFM Sport he was relishing the opportunity after a strong franchise T20 performance and hopes that more of his fellow Warriors players will put their hand up for selection for future tours.
Standard Bank Proteas squad: Farhaan Behardien (Multiply Titans, capt), Theunis de Bruyn (VKB Knights), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Heino Kuhn (Multiply Titans), David Miller (VKB Knights), Mangaliso Mosehle (bizhub Highveld Lions), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Wayne Parnell (BuildNat Cape Cobras), Dane Paterson (BuildNat Cape Cobras), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors).
KFC T20 International Schedule:
Friday, 20 January 2017: 1st KFC International, SuperSport Park, 18h00
Sunday, 22 January 2017: 2nd KFC International, Bidvest Wanderers, 14h30
Wednesday, 25 January 2017: 3rd KFC International, PPC Newlands, 18h00