Cricket South Africa (CSA) have named the players who have been awarded Proteas central contracts for the coming year.
CSA handed contracts to 16 men and 14 women, opting to keep the 17th men’s slot open for now.
No reward for Klaasen and Malan
Their choices mean that the heroes of the ODI series win against Australia — Janneman Malan and Henrich Klaasen — miss out on Proteas contracts.
While Malan has only just broken through, Klaasen has been in the frame for some time and was particularly impressive towards the back-end of the summer. Klaasen was on fire against Australia scoring a ton and two half-centuries in the three ODI matches against the tourists.
Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius and Rassie van der Dussen all earned upgraded contracts having been extensively involved throughout the 2019/2020 season.
“We have contracted 16 men’s players and 14 women’s players which we feel is the appropriate number to maintain our national squads across the various formats. This enables us to contract both our Test players as well as those who are limited-overs specialists,” said CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul.
“We have decided to keep the 17th men’s contract open for the moment and players can qualify for it through performance.”
The BCCI cancelled a three-match ODI series between India and South Africa earlier this month due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, ending the 2019/20 season for the Proteas.
It remains unclear whether the Proteas’ mid-year tours to Sri Lanka and the Caribbean will go ahead due to measures imposed by governments to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Men’s and women’s Proteas contracted players
CSA contracted Proteas men’s players: Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Quinton de Kock (Momentum Multiply Titans), Faf du Plessis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Momentum Multiply Titans), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions).
CSA contracted Proteas women’s players: Trisha Chetty (KZN Coastal), Nadine de Klerk (WP), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Shabnim Ismail (KZN Coastal), Sinalo Jafta (WP), Marizanne Kapp (EP), Ayabonga Khaka (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Lizelle Lee (North West), Sune Luus (Northerns), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Chloe Tryon (KZN Coastal), Dane van Niekerk (EP), Laura Wolvaardt (WP).