Nandre Burger and Tony de Zorzi obtain CSA contracts; Quinton de Kock omitted from the list

Andile Phehlukwayo also returned to the national fold, as Cricket South Africa announced its squad for the 2024-25 season.

Firdose Moonda

Quinton de Kock had retired from ODIs after last year’s World Cup in India Getty Images

Heard Burger And Tony de Zorzi won their first national contracts while Andile Phelukwayo is back in the national fold, as Cricket South Africa has announced its squad for the 2024-25 season.

Dean Elgar (retired), Quinton de KockSisanda Magala, Anrich NortjeWayne Parnell and Keegan Petersen were all removed from the roster which was reduced from 20 to 18 players for the upcoming season. Gerald Coetzeewho was reclassified to a full-time contract in the middle of the last period, was retained.

The most notable of these omissions is Nortje, who has not played internationally since suffering a stress fracture in September 2023. He missed the ODI World Cup and the entire summer at home, but returned earlier this month for two domestic T20 matches and is scheduled to play in the IPL. Nortje is late to this year’s tournament after the birth of his first child last week and could still be considered for the T20 World Cup.

“He has requested that he wants to focus on T20 cricket over the next few months. He is not withdrawing from any internationals. He will avail himself of T20 internationals. Towards the end of the year, he will look to play again in ODIs,” Enoch Nkwe, CSA director of cricket told ESPNcricinfo. “We will monitor him and his surroundings to help him with whatever he needs.”

Another notable absentee is de Kock, who quit cricket at 50 after last year’s World Cup, but said at the time he would remain available to play in T20 tournaments this year. De Kock did not play in South Africa’s three-match series against India and instead opted for a Big Bash League deal, where he fared poorly. He scored 104 runs in six innings with a top score of 30, and returned home with a slightly better SA20 where he scored 213 runs in 12 innings, including a fifty.

De Kock, who is currently playing in the IPL with the Lucknow Super Giants, was granted leave for personal reasons during the early rounds of the CSA National T20 Challenge – all other nationally contracted players, at with the exception of David Miller, who was getting married, were obliged. participate.

“He will be available for the T20 World Cup but he understands he has to perform. He wants to earn his place,” Nkwe said.

Anrich Nortje has not played an international match since September 2023 Getty Images

Magala has not played any cricket since last October and was left out of the ODI World Cup squad due to a knee injury, Parnell continues to play for Western Province but has spent part of season out of action due to a shoulder injury and Petersen’s Test career appears to be hanging by a thread after being dropped twice in two seasons. His biggest competition in the Test team, David Bedingham, was not signed. Kyle Verreynne, the current Test wicketkeeper, has also not been signed.

Instead, the CSA awarded new contracts to Burger, who made his debut in all formats last year, and Zorzi, who bowed out in Tests and ODIs and recalled Phehlukwayo after the having removed from last year’s list. Phehlukwayo was part of the ODI World Cup squad and played his first matches in this format in almost a year in 2023.

The core of the contract list is unchanged, with Test and ODI captain Temba Bavuma and T20I captain Aiden Markram topping the list and Miller and Heinrich Klaasen both contracted as white-ball only players.

The contracted women’s national team increased from 15 to 16 players, resulting in Eliz-Mari Marx and Ayanda Hlubi winning contracts. The only omission from last year is Chabnim Ismaïl, who retired last May. There was speculation that former captain Dane van Niekerk, who retired in March last year, could look to return ahead of this year’s T20 World Cup and although that could still be a possibility , it does not appear on the list of national contracts.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa and women’s cricket correspondent

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