“South Africa Unveils Provisional Squad for T20 World Cup: Ryan Rickelton and Ottniel Baartman Included”

Batsman Ryan Rickelton and fast bowler Ottniel Baartman have been named as the two uncapped players in South Africa’s provisional squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, to be led by Aiden Markram. Rickelton emerged as the leading run-scorer in the SA20 tournament, accumulating 530 runs at an impressive average of 58.88 for MI Cape Town, while Baartman showcased his bowling prowess by claiming 18 wickets in eight matches for two-time champions Sunrisers Eastern Cape.

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Among the notable exclusions from the squad are  Ryan RickeltonTemba Bavuma, Rilee Rossouw, and Wayne Parnell, who featured in the previous T20 World Cup in 2022. Rassie van der Dussen, who missed the 2022 edition due to injury, is also absent. Lungi Ngidi, a member of the 2022 squad, has been named as a travelling reserve along with Nandre Burger for the tournament.

Ryan Rickelton The pace attack will be spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, who is set to make his international comeback after a nine-month absence. Marco Jansen, Gerald Coetzee, and Baartman will provide additional fast-bowling options. The spin department is led by Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi, with support from Bjorn Fortuin. Markram and Tristan Stubbs add depth to the spin-bowling options.

In the batting department, South Africa boasts a strong lineup featuring Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, and Stubbs, alongside Markram and Rickelton.

Head coach Rob Walter expressed the difficulty of selecting the squad due to the impressive performances witnessed in 2024. However, he conveyed confidence in the squad’s strength and its potential for success in the upcoming tournament.

South Africa has also announced a provisional squad for the three-match T20I series against West Indies preceding the T20 World Cup. However, the squad is subject to change based on the availability of players participating in the IPL.

The team’s preparations will commence with the T20I series against West Indies, where players not involved in the IPL will have the opportunity to showcase their talent. A captain for the series will be finalized closer to the tour.

Ryan Rickelton South Africa, placed in Group D, will kick off their T20 World Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on June 3 in New York. Subsequently, they will face the Netherlands on June 8 and Bangladesh on June 10, with their final group stage match against Nepal scheduled for June 14 in St Vincent.

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