CSA awards Hendricks, de Bruyn with contracts, Duminy and Tahir lose theirs
The national contracts provided by the CSA covers the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Updated - Mar 2, 2019 12:23 pm
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has awarded full national contracts to Reeza Hendricks and Theunis de Bruyn for the 2019-20 season. On the other hand, batting all-rounder JP Duminy and leg-spinner Imran Tahir, have been released from the list. Besides Duminy and Tahir, Chris Morris and the retired AB de Villiers have also lost their national contracts. Moreover, the list also doesn’t include the fast bowler Duanne Olivier since he decided against extending his international career and instead signed a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
Opening batsman Reeza Hendricks had amassed 413 runs at an average of 31.76 in ODIs last year. Theunis de Bruyn scored a brilliant hundred in challenging conditions in Sri Lanka. Duminy has been dropped since he hasn’t played for South Africa since the limited overs series against Zimbabwe in 2018 due to a knee injury. On the other hand, Imran Tahir, who bagged 15 wickets in the 50-over format last year at a decent average of 35.46, has also lost his contract.
The span and recipients of the Central Contract
The national contracts provided by the CSA covers the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. It also covers a few bilateral series throughout the season which include South Africa’s team tours of India in October and March, a full home series with England and a limited-overs affair with Australia. In women’s cricket, they will play the T20 World Cup to be played in Australia in early 2020 and the ODI Championship home series against Pakistan and a couple of aways series in India and New Zealand.
“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,” said the CSA CEO, Thabang Moroe. “This enables us to contract both our Test players as well as those who are limited overs specialists.”
CSA contracted men’s players:
Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn
CSA contracted women’s players:
Trisha Chetty, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Zintle Mali, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Tumi Sekhukhune, Chloe Tryon, Dane van Niekerk, Laura Wolvaardt