• Behardien to captain SA; six new caps

    January 9, 2017
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    Farhaan Behardien has been appointed captain of the Proteas for the first two matches in the T20 series against Sri Lanka.

    Cricket South Africa have named a 13-man squad that includes six new caps in this format: Jon-Jon Smuts, Theunis de Bruyn, Mangaliso Mosehle, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson and Lungi Ngidi.

    ‘We have decided to rest some of our key senior players for this series,’ said CSA selection convener Linda Zondi.

    ‘This is the last chance we have to do this as the ODI series that follows is an important part of our build-up to the ICC Champions Trophy in England in the middle of the year.

    ‘Those senior players who are involved in the Indian Premier League will be playing non-stop from now until the end of August, with the tours coming up to New Zealand and England in addition to the ICC event.

    ‘Farhaan was one of the standout players in our franchise T20 Challenge, being the second leading runs-scorer behind Jon-Jon Smuts and having the best strike-rate.

    ‘David Wiese was one of our original selections but he has informed us that he intends to take up a Kolpak contract and has therefore been withdrawn from the squad.

    ‘Both AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel are due to resume playing at domestic level later this month and could come into contention for the third T20I [at Newlands on 25 Jan].’

    The first two T20s are at Centurion on 20 Jan and the Wanderers on 22 Jan.

    Squad: Farhaan Behardien (captain), Theunis de Bruyn, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heino Kuhn, David Miller, Mangaliso Mosehle, Lungi Ngidi, Wayne Parnell, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Jon-Jon Smuts.

     



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    136 comments
    Mveliso Kevin Nxasana
    Mveliso Kevin Nxasana

    WTF??????? He hardly ever performs at any game come on CSA you can do much better than this\U0001f620\U0001f620\U0001f620

    Nicholas Rooney
    Nicholas Rooney

    How love it how most of the fools on this thread just have racist people under tones as use his lack of international success as an excuse to complain. Yes him being a captain is a strange choice. Using T20s breeding the youth is not a bad choice since it is the least important of all the formats. So stop bitching like a bunch of losers and support the boys. If they win who cares who is in the team. If they lose then we can question the team selection.

    Malcolm Gower
    Malcolm Gower

    I do not agree with this. Dont take anything away from his potential as a cricketer, but i cannot see him leading the squad. A good cricketer yes, a good choice for captain? Hmmm... we will have see, time shall tell.

    Danie Franzsen
    Danie Franzsen

    No problem with Farhaan, coz he deserves it but nobody here can deny racial selections if you look at this squad... Van Der Dussen was the Lions highest run scorer but yet Reeza gets selected ahead of him. Mosehle is in the squad, but Morne Van Wyk was the 2nd highest run scorer in the ram slam t20 so there is obviously a better keeper bat, but he is white... hardus Viljoen and Andrew Birch were the 2 highest wicket takers and neither are in the squad, I mean Birch did not even get selected for the final, because of the racial policy. Ngidi was only the 5th highest wicket taker in the titans team, yet he is there... paterson was the 23rd highest wicket taker, Phangiso was the 6th highest wicket taker in the lions team and only 36th overall (while his teammate Fortuin was the 4th highest wicket taker but is not selected! .... and dont even dare say that they wish to promote youngsters, coz thats why you have a SA A team...

    Ethan Boshi
    Ethan Boshi

    Is this a joke ??\U0001f602\U0001f602

    Nishalan Pillay
    Nishalan Pillay

    I rate Kyle Abbort as our best bowler , don't think out cricket is in good hands.... We heading bafana status

    Mike Geach
    Mike Geach

    Get behind OUR team,support ALL players ,stop the negativity.2017people,stop the bitching

    Suraj Kamble
    Suraj Kamble

    good too see csa giving more youngsters a chance to play for their country only missing attacking opening batsman rassie van der dussent in that squad because he deserves the chance

    Lolo Sabisa
    Lolo Sabisa

    I'm disappointed with that decision.

    Xander Riekert
    Xander Riekert

    Stefan Cilliers Cobus Muller Julian Soutter Ronald Peters Pc Engelbrecht Manne uiteindelik het ons verstand gekry!!! #IfYouCanDreamYouCanAchieve #KeerMyOfEkBeseerMy

    Tom Price
    Tom Price

    No longer supporting the proteas Sean Gilson Oliver Calvert-Evers Antony Fleischer Will Glassock Fraser Jones

    Marlon Gerrard Rassie
    Marlon Gerrard Rassie

    smells of match fixing around this decision............... if I wanted to lose I would do this

    Brent Anthony Gladwin
    Brent Anthony Gladwin

    I think its great that young guns like Behardien who has definately shone in the domestic leauges gets to captain a young guns Proteas T20 team with 6 young guns Jon Jon Smuts awsum cricketer, Theunis De Bruin,Mangaliso Mosehele,Andile Phelukwayo, Lungi Zondi,Dane Paterson then having established guys like David Miller and king pin spinner Imran Tahir there its a great move from Cricket SA two thumbs up! lets give these youngsters a go and see how well they do they are the future of SA cricket and with all these other Kolpaker ex Proteas giving up their country for bigger money this is the right move forward! QDK was not considered as captain as he is a sr player who like Amla,Faf and JP need the well earned rest before the ODI Series and who knows perhaps one Jon Jon Smuts and co could find themselves a part of the ODI series just saying!

    Suraj Kamble
    Suraj Kamble

    brob rassie van der dussen can be very handy for sa in t20 format

    Ebrahim Khan
    Ebrahim Khan

    Who really wants to captain when South Africans bitch an moan about everything. Bitching and moaning needs to become a sport here in SA

    Stefan Adonis
    Stefan Adonis

    Wtf. This guy shouldn't even be in the squad, never mind as captain.

    Nicholas Rooney
    Nicholas Rooney

    You are an ignorant fool if you don't know his qualities

    Stefan Adonis
    Stefan Adonis

    Please share his incredible qualities with South Africa. We'd love to know what they are - we certainly don't see them on the pitch.

    Daniel Solomons
    Daniel Solomons

    catches win matches have you ever seen balls. coming down on a sunny day with BH beneath

    Usman Ahmed
    Usman Ahmed

    bhaii he hi mera yar shahzada ap log manty hi nhe...

    Junaid Khan
    Junaid Khan

    party to 100% banti ha pakro isko is saturday chorna na bht bari khabar ha is k lye

    Saleem Mukuddem
    Saleem Mukuddem

    Great opportunity for new players to put in a performance that could change their careers for the better.

    Pierre Van Der Walt
    Pierre Van Der Walt

    Riley was first choice \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

    Nicholas Rooney
    Nicholas Rooney

    Didn't realise he was 1st choice , don't rate him at all

    Norman Masilo
    Norman Masilo

    Rilee was going to play but he sold himself away

    John Hare
    John Hare

    Another useless quota player that can't even bowl but he calls himself an all rounder.. now his captain.. smh

    Robert Bisnath
    Robert Bisnath

    John Hare before making such comments please go study cricket and the player himself.

    Syd Young
    Syd Young

    Enjoy SA sport sports teams should only be picked on merit then it actually is a national side

    Syd Young
    Syd Young

    I am referring to SA sports teams I never mentioned individuals

    Lunghile Theodore Kotana
    Lunghile Theodore Kotana

    If CSA is trying to give all the racists in SA heartattacks they should do more of this, some folks will never go past colour to conclude. Look at has t20 first class stats!

    Robert Bisnath
    Robert Bisnath

    It's not a friendly is a international game pointless or not is the time that we bring cricket game to earth and selection of all this players building up a team next three years then we see different players making the ranks. When the make someone else captain then we have thesame chat.

    John Hare
    John Hare

    So after 25 international T20 matches he has a best of 36 and an average of 23.. yeah sure make him Captain..

    Robert Bisnath
    Robert Bisnath

    The two of you pulling rabbits out of a hat. Is not about status no 1 must think this format he bats no 6 or 7 in SA. just get over it. He will be a excellent captain

    Kaas Van Tonder
    Kaas Van Tonder

    Robert Bisnath Berhardien actually has been a top performer domestically in T20. Who cares if he is made captain of a pointless T20 series against SL.