Proteas snubbed for T20 TOT

2012-10-08 10:05

Colombo - Finalists the West Indies and Sri Lanka contribute a total of five players to the ICC World Twenty20 team of the tournament, which was announced on Monday in Colombo, with Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardena named as captain.

Chosen by a select group of experts, the team was aimed at being suited for Sri Lankan conditions on the basis of performances in the tournament only. Statistics were used but were not the sole basis for selections.

In all, there are three players from beaten finalists Sri Lanka and two from champions West Indies while Australia, India, England, New Zealand and Pakistan are also represented in the 12-man squad. 

The panel faced a difficult choice in a number of key positions and the relative merits of several players, who ultimately did not make the final 12, were debated at length. Players who were considered included AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn of South Africa, David Warner of Australia, Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Smith and Sunil Narine of the West Indies.

ICC World Twenty20 Team of the Tournament (in batting order):

Chris Gayle (West Indies)
Shane Watson (Australia)
Virat Kohli (India)
Mahela Jayawardena (Sri Lanka - captain)
Luke Wright (England)
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand - wicketkeeper)
Marlon Samuels (West Indies)
Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)
Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan)
Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka)

12th Man: Suresh Raina (India)

The selection panel that chose the ICC World Twenty20 men’s team of the tournament consisted of:

Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager – Cricket)
Rex Clementine (Cricket journalist from Sri Lanka)
Tony Hill (Member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires)
Ranjan Madugalle (ICC Chief Match Referee and former Sri Lanka captain)
Sanjay Manjrekar (Former India cricketer and ESS commentator)


  • stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-10-08 10:11

    Well we were kinda bad, so this isnt really a surprise

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-08 10:24

      I guess you are being sarcastic, because that’s the understatement of the millennium

      thabo.malose.31 - 2012-10-08 12:08

      Yes, we were average, this is exactly what we deserve.

  • frost.frost.980 - 2012-10-08 10:47

    Why does the Heading say "Snubbed"i wouldnt have ANY South Africans in my world t20 team as well. They just not good enough.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-08 17:29

      I think most T20 captains in the world would be delighted to have AB in their team, and most would welcome Dale Steyn as well. For the rest, we don't have any extraordinary T20 talents. I was a bit bemused by the "favourites" tag bestowed on the Proteas before the tournament. I don't think we deserved it, especially not in subcontinent conditions. We have competent players but so does everybody else. However, we lack stars in several key departments. We don't have an explosive top order, which is deemed essential in T20. Nor do we have a mystery spinner like Mendis, Ajmal or Narine, and our medium-pacers aren't clever enough with their variations a la Kulasekara and Mathews. Our strike pair of Steyn/Morkel is arguably the strongest of all, AB was voted the game's best finisher in the last IPL and Albie can be a big factor. Although I think most teams would rather have Dwayne Bravo in that role. For the rest, we're so-so.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-08 11:07

    Proteas were really crap but I doubt they are upset about not being included in a hypothetical baseball team.

  • dan8472 - 2012-10-08 11:15

    The word \Snubbed\ only applies if one or more of the SA team actually deserved to be in the team and then weren't selected. Based on the tournament performances I'm not surprised that not one of the SA team made it. It's a fair team choice in my view.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-08 11:23

    We did manage to beat the finalist (Sri Lanka) in a Group C match, Steyn should have made the list at least.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-10-08 11:25

    wasn't Steyn the most economical bowler? Personally I would prefer AB over McCallum for my side - 2012-10-08 12:38

      AB is good but McCullum better in the T20 format...look at AB stats during the tournament & compare it to McCullum's

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-08 17:31

      McCullum was better in this tournament but I think AB is better overall. I think this team is batting McCullum out of position, he generally prefers to open or come in at 3 in T20. AB prefers 5/6 and is better in that position.

      malcolm.lindsaypayne - 2012-10-09 13:34

      Agree if he does not KEEP

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-10-08 11:26

    Honestly... who really cares?

  • PumaFred - 2012-10-08 11:31

    So what. Another no news story of little value

  • sabiha.lockhat - 2012-10-08 13:14

    well they cant be blamed for not selecting any proteas, we have no match winners , beside robin peterson played well did anyone else score plenty sixes, even blowers were not upto standard

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-08 17:33

      Robin Peterson is far from our only match-winner. It might not have shown in this tournament but Dale, Morne, AB, Albie are all considered match-winners in IPL. Peterson, by comparison, battles to get a start in IPL.

  • ettiene.esterhuizen.7 - 2012-10-08 13:28

    Agree who in their right mind wants a choker in their team??

  • Kevin - 2012-10-08 13:32

    Snubbed? Why should there be any Proteas in the team?

  • louis.kriel - 2012-10-08 13:52

    When SA plays to its full potential we can beat that team hands down!

      frost.frost.980 - 2012-10-08 14:27

      only if the game doesnt count for anything lol

      rodney.louis.7 - 2012-10-08 14:53

      The Proteas will never shrug of the chocker tag if they keep on focussing on the darn thing .. Kirsten wasted alot of time with the trip to Switzerland which could have been used for cricket training

  • keith.gough - 2012-10-08 15:29

    We were not snubbed. We just were not up to scratch. It is like saying the Afganistan team were also snubbed.

  • jan.vos.353 - 2012-10-08 15:46

    The sad thing is, the Protea CHOKERS can't be called the chokers anymore, because you need to perform a bit during the tournament to be able to choce at the end. No Protea Choker Joker deserves to be in the world Twenty20 team anycase. Good choice.

      jacowium - 2012-10-08 16:09

      Sri Lanka has now choked 4 consecutive times in finals ... yet no one calls them "chokers"...

      christopher.caine.71 - 2012-10-08 17:55

      we would love to call them chokers... but that would be ironic since they made the final, while we were nowhere close to making it

  • christopher.caine.71 - 2012-10-08 17:53

    Silly sport24... snub means something completely different. It's common sense when the non-performing okes are left our.

      shane.rathnasamy - 2012-10-08 18:17

      100% agreed Christopher, snub would imply that they were left out hastily. Based on performance, no SA player should be in the world team.

  • benjamin.manuals - 2012-10-09 08:35

    well no suprise at all, I can't see any South African make it anyway.......they were poor!!!!

  • benjamin.manuals - 2012-10-09 08:41

    South Africa is like a ''poodle'' dog going into tournaments, they've got a massive bark ( especially a few players during media conferences ), but when it start to matters they've got no bite at all..... time to deliver boys, and AB stop make promises you cant keep, never promise SA wont choke.... like you did during the whole tournament....

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