Wiaan Mulder, Matthew Breetzke and more – 5 Proteas discarded for T20 World Cup

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The Proteas’ squad for June 2024’s T20 World Cup in the United States of America and Caribbean has been announced.

These five players were not named in the 15-man squad.

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1. Rassie van der Dussen

Van der Dussen is the second-highest run-scorer in T20 cricket across the globe this year with 1,023 in 30 innings at an average of 43 and strike rate of 146. Only Pakistan’s Babar Azam has scored more in 2024. “We have seen some incredible performances from our players in 2024 and that made my selection job very tough, indeed,” said Proteas limited-overs coach Rob Walter.

2. Wiaan Mulder

Mulder won the T20 Challenge title with the Lions this month. He was key to their campaign with bat and ball. This included an unbeaten half-century in the final against the Dolphins and a four-wicket haul against the Warriors earlier in the tournament. “The tour of the West Indies will provide an opportunity for others, especially those who excelled in the T20 Challenge,” added Walter.

3. Andile Phehlukwayo

Phehlukwayo recently returned to Cricket South Africa’s list of contracted players. He has been named in the squad for May 2024’s T20I series in the West Indies, but not the final 15 for the T20 World Cup in June.

4. Nandre Burger

Burger and fellow fast bowler Lungi Ngidi have been named travelling reserves for the T20 World Cup squad. Left-armer Burger took six wickets in four matches for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League earlier this year. “Selecting this group was extremely tough considering the amount of T20 cricket that has been played recently and the form that has been on show,” continued Walter.

5. Matthew Breetzke

Breetzke, who has been capped three times in T20I cricket, was the leading run-scorer in this season’s T20 Challenge. He collected 467 runs in 15 innings at an average of 36 and strike rate of 131 for the Warriors. “I am proud and confident that we have named the strongest possible squad that no doubt has every chance of success in the West Indies and USA,” concluded Walter.

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