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IPL must wait as South Africa name full-strength squad

March 29, 2023

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa on Monday named a full-strength squad for two must-win one-day internationals against the Netherlands on Friday and Sunday.

The matches in Benoni and Johannesburg are South Africa´s last games in the World Cup Super League - and they must win both if they are to stay in contention to qualify automatically for the Cricket World Cup in India in October and November.

Coach Rob Walter said, "We have named our strongest possible squad given the importance of these matches in the context of qualifying for the ICC Men´s Cricket World Cup. We have a job to do and I am confident that with this group of players we can get the job done."

Netherlands would not normally be expected to provide stiff competition for South Africa - but they beat the Proteas in the T20 World Cup in Australia last November, ending South Africa´s hopes of playing in the semi-finals.

Only eight teams qualify automatically. South Africa are currently in ninth place. Two wins would put them in a strong position, ahead of West Indies and with Sri Lanka unable to catch them unless they win both their remaining matches in a current series against New Zealand - and South Africa suffer a penalty for slow over rates.

If Ireland win all three matches in a series against Bangladesh in May they could finish level on points with South Africa if South Africa win both matches against the Netherlands. Cricket South Africa insisted that players contracted to the Indian Premier League, including fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, must put their country first. This will mean them missing the start of the IPL on Friday.

Squad: Temba Bavuma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.