Lutho Sipamla, the 20-year-old Warriors fast bowler who was a revelation for Tshwane Spartans in the recent MSL, has been rewarded on his fine form by getting a call-up to the Proteas T20I squad for the three-match Series against Pakistan at the start of February.
‘Lutho made a very good impression in the Mzansi Super League which is making a big contribution to our talent pipeline in helping to bridge the gap between franchise and international cricket,’ commented CSA national selection panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi.
‘Rassie van der Dussen, Beuran and Reeza Hendricks, Lutho Sipamla, Gihahn Cloete and Anrich Nortje were all standout players in the MSL, and [we are] already reaping rich dividends for the future of South African cricket.
‘With the exception of Anrich, who is still injured, these players are all part of the T20 squad. We will be giving Gihahn the opportunity to keep wicket as part of our strategy to build up the depth in the wicketkeeping position to back up Quinton de Kock, with both Gihahn and Heinrich Klaasen capable of holding down positions as specialist batsmen,’ concluded Zondi.
Proteas T20 squad
Faf du Plessis (Titans, capt)
Gihahn Cloete (Warriors)
Junior Dala (Titans)
Quinton de Kock (Titans)
Beuran Hendricks (Highveld Lions)
Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions)
Heinrich Klaasen (Titans)
David Miller (Dolphins)
Chris Morris (Titans)
Wiaan Mulder (Highveld Lions)
Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins)
Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans)
Lutho Sipamla (Warriors)
Rassie van der Dussen (Highveld Lions)
February 1 – 1st T20I, Newlands, Cape Town (D/N), 6pm
February 3 – 2nd T20I, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day), 2:30pm
February 6 – 3rd T20I, SuperSport Park, Centurion (D/N), 6pm
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