Durbanville Cricket Club batsman added to Proteas squad

File image: Janneman Malan.

Durbanville Cricket Club batsman Janneman Malan has been added to South Africa’s squad for the remainder of this month’s three-T20I series against Pakistan.

Malan has replaced opening batsman Quinton de Kock, who sustained a groin injury during last month’s fifth and final ODI against the same opposition at Newlands in Cape Town. He was listed in the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League, but did not gain a contract.

The hard-hitting right-hander was the sixth-highest run-scorer in late last year’s inaugural Mzansi Super League. The Cape Town Blitz star struck 305 in nine innings, but missed the final due to illness.

“Janneman was one of the standout players during the Mzansi Super League and has been putting in the runs consistently at franchise level. He is an exciting young prospect, this is a great opportunity for us to continue blooding players at international level,” said national selection panel convener Linda Zondi.

The 22-year-old missed the closing fixtures of the Cape Cobras’ 2018-19 4-Day Franchise Series campaign due to a finger injury.

He featured in Durbanville Cricket Club’s 2018 Western Province Cricket Association Ama20 Competition premier league campaign. His brothers, Pieter and Andre, also play for Durbanville Cricket Club.

Oldest sibling Pieter is also contracted by the Cobras and was a late addition to the Proteas Test squad for early January’s third and final Test against Pakistan, while Malan captains Western Province in the CSA 3-Day Provincial Cup and CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge.

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