SA planning for T20 World Cup
Cape Town - The Proteas’ T20 International squad begin their preparations for the important T20 season ahead, with the start of the tri-series featuring hosts Zimbabwe and Bangladesh this week.
The squad arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe on Sunday where they are scheduled to open their campaign against Bangladesh on Tuesday at the Harare Sports Club.
“Although it is early in the season, teams that bowl well can still perform well and Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are able to do that,” Proteas captain, Hashim Amla said.
“We’re expecting to perform well, but I think the crux of the tour is to make sure that the selectors and the coach get the understanding of where they want the team to be at the World Cup.”
The T20 World Cup will take place in Sri Lanka in September.
Titans all-rounder Farhaan Behardien, who had a tremendous domestic campaign last season, is eager to cement his place in the team.
He made his T20 debut for South Africa in March this year against India at the Wanderers.
“It’s my first trip with the national side, so I’m really looking forward to it,” Behardien commented.
“Every international match is a challenge so the so-called minnows Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, the T20 format brings everybody into play. A bad performance with the bat or the ball can sway the game for any side, it’s very important to be part of the trip with the players and we are looking forward to it, we can assure you that we will be playing our best to try and bring back the “unofficial” trophy.”
Hashim Amla (Dolphins, captain), Farhaan Behardien (Titans), Marchant de Lange (Titans), JP Duminy (Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Colin Ingram (Warriors), Richard Levi (Cape Cobras), Albie Morkel (Titans), Chris Morris (Highveld Lions), Justin Ontong (Cape Cobras), Wayne Parnell (Warriors), Robin Peterson (Cape Cobras), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (Warriors), Dane Vilas (Cape Cobras)SA tri-series fixtures:
June 19: Bangladesh v South Africa - 13:00
June 20: Zimbabwe v South Africa - 13:00
June 22: Bangladesh v South Africa - 13:00
June 23: Zimbabwe v South Africa - 13:00
June 24: Final: TBA v TBA - 13:00