Cape Town - Cape Cobras captain Justin
Ontong has been ruled out of the Caribbean Premier League due to a knee
operation to attend to cartilage damage to his knee.
Ontong would have represented the Barbados
Tridents, but due to the operation, which will keep him out of action for six
weeks, he will not join his Cobras colleague Robin Peterson for the Premier
A feature of Ontong’s career has been his
longevity. He first represented South Africa in January 2002 in a Test against
Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
In January 2015, Ontong captained South Africa in a T20 international
against the West Indies, which was the most recent of his 44 international games
in all three formats.
In 172 first-class games, the 36-year old
stylist has scored 10 374 runs at an average of 41.16.
Ontong was disappointed upon hearing that
he was not included in the Proteas T20 squad for the tour of Bangladesh, but he
was undaunted by the setback.
“I will be back, and I will give my all for
the Cobras,” he said.
Ontong has been a stalwart for the Cape
Cobras and South Africa A the past three seasons, and has led the A-team to
unofficial ‘Test series’ wins against Australia in 2013 and 2014.
He was also at the helm for the Cobras when
they won the franchise double in 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.
Ontong wanted to use the Caribbean
experience to attract the attention of the national T20-selectors, but hopes he
can bolster his international re-selection while representing the South Africa
A team in India.