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Proposed South African Pro20 Squad

The South African Twenty20 side is announced tomorrow, and if the new convener of selectors sticks to his word it could be a tough team to predict. Strydom has said: “We tried to keep a balance between youth and experience, but we wanted to give the youngsters a go” as well as “We don’t want to expose the senior players too much to this format. We have a tough 18 months ahead of us, and we need to be aware of that,” and “You know you’re going to leave some very good players out, but you’ve just got to hope that the players you pick hit form at the right time,” when he commented on the side he has selected.

Assuming the players in Zimbabwe have not been considered, this leaves a squad of 21. Out of this squad the parameters are again changed, knowing there will be a minimum of 7 players of colour selected as well as the core which is in bold below.

Proposed squad:
Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis (Vice-Captain), Loots Bosman, Gulam BodiMark Boucher, AB De Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Kemp, Neil McKenzie, Albie Morkel, Morné Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, Roger Telemachus, Alfonso Thomas, Thandi Tshabalala and Johan van der Wath

Out of the remaining players, I assume Philander has made the squad along with JP Duminy, leaving just 5 places to the rest of the squad. Peterson and Bosman were in the World cup squad so more than likely will be in the equation. This leaves 3 spots available of which one will be for a player of colour. I am a fan of Alfonso Thomas, as I think he can bowl a lot better than most credit him for and can be successful at swinging a bat. However I just have a feeling that Thandi Tshabalala would have been taken to Zimbabwe if he wasn’t in the squad. I think Telemachus is a very good man for this format and should take Thandi’s/Peterson’s place

At this stage the squad meets the minimum quota necessary and leaves just two players to be decided upon. I think that on merit all the players of colour should be selected but the government/CSA have laid down the minimum amount of players of colour and thus players of colour are quota players regardless of talent.

I am interested in the selection of Bodi but believe its either Bosman or Bodi in the squad as they have similar batting styles. I think the Morkels will get the nod for the last two spots. If one is chosen it will be Morne to spear the attack and van der Wath might get a look in as the last man. I believe all of these players deserve a spot in the team and it shows the depth we have especially with many regulars in Zimbabwe.

The SA Emerging Players Squad

The SA Emerging Players Squad is: Johan Botha (Captain)
Thami Tsolekile (Vice-Captain)
Yusuf Abdullah
Gulam Bodi
Friedel de Wet
JP Duminy
Faf du Plessis
Heino Khun
Mornè Morkel
Alviro Petersen
Vernon Philander
Thandi Tshabalala
Justin Ontong
Lonwabo Tsotsobe
 

The side has some fantastic players in it, players that could be the future of South African cricket. One wonders where Morne van Wyk is, and Loots Bosman?? They might be too old but if that the case what is Tsolekile and Ontang doing there? Especially Ontong, who had represented SA against Australia 5 years ago!! He has also played 20 odd ODI’s for SA. Botha after being found to have a suspect bowling action, can be understood in his inclusion.

 Players unlucky to not be there are Dale Steyn (unless he is going to be a fixture in the side and is no longer considered an emrging plyer) Ryan Mclaren who could become an incredible all rounder for SA in the future, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, a man who scored a 50 on debut while still in school, something that hasnt happened for many years in a provincial match!!! Blake Snijman also seems to have lots of talent as well as the Cobras Rory Kleinveldt.

 

There are many that could represent the emerging squad, but there are some good talent going and it will be interesting to see they perform, especially Morkel (brother of Albie), Tsotsobe and De wet as SA are in desperate need of quality quickies!!!