CSA Announces 18-Man Squad for 2024-25 Season, De Kock Omitted

CSA Announces 18-Man Squad for 2024-25 Season, De Kock Omitted

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has unveiled its 18-man squad for the 2024-25 season, featuring several notable changes. Nandre Burger and Tony de Zorzi have earned their maiden national contracts, while Andile Phehlukwayo makes a comeback.

The most significant omission is Quinton de Kock, who has been dropped from the squad. De Kock had previously announced his retirement from 50-over cricket but expressed his availability for T20 tournaments. However, his recent performances in the Big Bash League and SA20 have raised questions about his form.

Other players who have been dropped include Dean Elgar (retired), Sisanda Magala, Wayne Parnell, and Keegan Petersen. The squad reduction from 20 to 18 players is part of CSA's efforts to streamline its operations.

Burger, a 23-year-old all-rounder, has impressed with his performances for the Titans in domestic cricket. He has been rewarded with a contract that will see him play across all formats. De Zorzi, a 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batter, has also earned a contract after a strong season with the Lions.

Phehlukwayo, who was dropped from the national team last year, has regained his place after a successful domestic season. The all-rounder has been in good form for the Dolphins and will provide valuable experience to the squad.

CSA's decision to drop de Kock has raised eyebrows, given his status as one of South Africa's most experienced players. However, the selectors have opted to focus on younger players who are in better form.

The squad will begin its preparations for the upcoming season with a training camp in Pretoria. South Africa is scheduled to host Australia in a three-match Test series in March, followed by a limited-overs series against India in April.

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