SA announces World T20 probables
NEW DELHI: South Africa''s selectors have not thought twice about their decision to include former ICL all-rounder Justin Kemp in their squad of 30 provisional players for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies starting on April 30.
Like New Zealand''s Shane Bond, Kemp was not part of the South African squad because of his ICL links, with the Hydrabad Heroes. His domestic form for the Cape Cobras, who he now captains, has enabled the newly formed selection panel to take a closer look at him in the shorter format of the game. Kemp last played for South Africa in a T20 game in the first ICC World T20 event in Durban in 2007.
His batting efforts, however, were unable to help the Cobras on Friday night beat the Warriors in the first semi-final of the domestic 20/20 series in Port Elizabeth. The second leg is in Cape Town on Sunday.
The squad of 30 includes four uncapped players: Colin Ingram of the Port Elizabth-based Warriors and David Miller of the Nashua Dolphins and fast bowlers Rusty Theron also of Warriors and Ethy Mbhalati of the Nashua Titans. The last named has been a leading wickettaker in the three formats of the game this year, with already two games for a South African A side and the emerging SA XI. Yusuf Abdulla, a surprise choice for the Kings XI Punjab at the last IPL auction as a replacement for Jerome Taylor, is also in the team mix. One surprise omission is all-rounder Robin Petersen.
The final squad of 15 will be named next month.
The provisional squad: Graeme Smith (Nashua Cape Cobras, capt), Jacques Kallis (Chevrolet Warriors, vice-capt), Yusuf Abdulla (Nashua Dolphins), Hashim Amla (Nashua Dolphins), Lungile Bosman (Nashua Dolphins), Johan Botha (Chevrolet Warriors), Mark Boucher (Chevrolet Warriors), AB de Villiers (Nashua Titans), JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras), Herschelle Gibbs (Nashua Cape Cobras), Colin Ingram (Chevrolet Warriors), Justin Kemp (Nashua Cape Cobras), Rory Kleinveldt (Nashua Cape Cobras), Charl Langeveldt (Nashua Cape Cobras), Ethy Mbhalati (Nashua Titans), Ryan McLaren (Chevrolet Diamond Eagles), David Miller (Nashua Dolphins), Albie Morkel (Nashua Titans), Morne Morkel (Nashua Titans), Makhaya Ntini (Chevrolet Warriors), Wayne Parnell (Chevrolet Warriors), Alviro Petersen (bizhub Highveld Lions), Vernon Philander (Nashua Cape Cobras), Dale Steyn (Nashua Titans), Rusty Theron (Chevrolet Warriors), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Chevrolet Warriors), Roelof van der Merwe (Nashua Titans), Johannes van der Wath (Chevrolet Diamond Eagles), Vaughn van Jaarsveld (bizhub Highveld Lions), Morne van Wyk