The 2019 Global T20 Canada will start later this month and some Proteas stars will feature.
Faf du Plessis
- The national captain can turn some his attention away from the Proteas’ plans and focus on the Edmonton Royals’ campaign. The Royals finished fourth in the 2018 inaugural edition, when they had South African trio Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell and Christiaan Jonker on their books. Du Plessis alone will arguably add more value than those three players combined. Former Warriors captain and Canadian convert Davy Jacobs will also play for the Royals.
- The wicketkeeper-batsman got another taste of the global T20 circuit earlier this year, when he played three matches for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. While he wasn’t really able to hold down a permanent starting berth with the Royal Challengers, he should do so with the Toronto Nationals. India’s Yuvraj Singh and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum will be among his teammates at the Nationals, who will demand substantial improvement on last year’s last-place finish.
Rassie van der Dussen
- Van der Dussen’s star continues to rise and, while he was unable to land an Indian Premier League contract earlier this year, the in-form right-hander will add to his St Kitts and Nevis experience in the Caribbean Premier League with this stint at the Vancouver Knights. The Knights are the reigning champions and relished the presence of Van der Dussen during 2018’s title-winning campaign. The Vancouver franchise also have former Cape Cobras spinner Michael Rippon, who has forged a relatively successful career with the Netherlands and Otago in New Zealand.
- Among the standout all-rounders of the 2019 World Cup, despite the Proteas’ poor campaign, Phehlukwayo will join Van der Dussen and South African teammates in the Global T20 Canada. He, too, has been recruited by the Knights and will benefit plenty from playing alongside West Indians Andre Russell and Chris Gayle and New Zealander Tim Southee. Phehlukwayo’s growth with the ball will relish tutelage from Southee in particular, while his batting ability will gain from Russell and Gayle’s insight.
- Signed by the Belfast Titans for the inaugural Euro T20 Slam and then confirmed for the Rajshahi Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League, Duminy’s post-Proteas career T20 pedigree will continue with the Winnipeg Hawks in the Global T20 Canada. The Hawks were captained by David Warner last year, but the Australian is not back with them this time, leaving Duminy as a strong contender to become skipper. If not Duminy, perhaps Dwayne Bravo will get the leadership role.
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