Cricket South Africa has announced the Proteas Men’s squad and the Proteas Women’s squad players to be awarded national contracts for the 2019-20 season.
The contracts cover the Protea men’s bilateral tours away to India in October and March, the full tour home series against England next summer, and the home white-ball series against Australia, as well as this year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
The women’s major upcoming commitment is the ICC Women’s World T20 Cup to be played in Australia in early 2020.
There are also important International Women’s Championship series against Pakistan (home), and India and New Zealand (both away).
Reeza Hendricks and Theunis de Bruyn were not previously awarded full national contracts, but were upgraded to full contracts after reaching the required thresholds during the course of the current season.
The upgrade system will again be in place this year. Those players performing and selected for the Proteas during the 2019-20 season and who are not contracted, can qualify for a national contract upgrade.
‘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 CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe. ‘This enables us to contract both our Test players, as well as those who are limited-overs specialists.’
CSA-contracted Standard Bank Proteas men’s players: Hashim Amla (Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Theunis de Bruyn (Titans), Quinton de Kock (Titans), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Dean Elgar (Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Titans), David Miller (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Vernon Philander (Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Dale Steyn (Titans).
CSA-contracted Proteas women’s players: Trisha Chetty (Gauteng), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Marizanne Kapp (EP), Ayabonga Khaka (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Lizelle Lee (North West), Sune Luus (Northerns), Zintle Mali (Border), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng), Tumi Sekhukhune (Easterns), Chloe Tryon (KZN Coastal), Dane van Niekerk (EP), Laura Wolvaardt (WP).
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