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Batsman and wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen. — Reuters/File
  • 18-man squad contains solely 4 of 21 gamers presently in Pakistan for Take a look at collection
  • The three T20I matches will all be performed in Lahore, on February 11, 13 and 14
  • SA officers say they did outside-of-the-box pondering to be ready for dwelling collection in opposition to Australia

Cricket South Africa (CSA) introduced on Tuesday that batsman and wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen will captain the facet in subsequent month’s three-match Twenty20 worldwide collection in Pakistan.

The 18-man squad contains solely 4 of the 21 gamers presently in Pakistan for 2 Take a look at matches, all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius, left-arm spin bowlers Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde in addition to quick bowler Lutho Sipamla.

The majority of the Take a look at squad will return to South Africa after the Pakistan Assessments finish on February 8 so as to endure a COVID-19 quarantine interval and to arrange for a deliberate dwelling collection in opposition to Australia.

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CSA director of cricket, Graeme Smith, mentioned the choice mirrored the problem of fulfilling obligations in occasions of the coronavirus.

“We have had to do a bit of outside-of-the-box thinking to ensure that we are fully prepared for a home Test tour against Australia, while having an exciting T20 series in Pakistan,” he mentioned.

Smith mentioned plans for managing the teaching and help employees for the competing collection had been being finalised.

“It’s an example of the measures that some cricket nations will have to put in place to ensure that they can squeeze more than one tour in a period of three or four months, while fulfilling Covid-19 protocol obligations,” mentioned Smith.

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Batsmen Ryan Rickleton and Jacques Snyman and quick bowlers Okhule Cele and Nandre Burger have been referred to as as much as a nationwide squad for the primary time, whereas quick bowler Glenton Stuurman, who missed a latest Take a look at collection in opposition to Sri Lanka due to harm, will get one other alternative to win a primary worldwide cap.

An announcement from CSA mentioned journey plans could be introduced later. The Take a look at squad had to make use of a chartered flight after their business flights had been cancelled a day earlier than departure.

The three matches will all be performed in Lahore, on February 11, 13 and 14.

Here is the squad: 

Heinrich Klaasen (captain), Nandre Burger, Okuhle Cele, Junior Dala, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, George Linde, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Ryan Rickleton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Jon-Jon Smuts, Jacques Snyman, Glenton Stuurman, Pite van Biljon.

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