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Nel to replace Bosman

Cricket South Africa has announced the selection of fast bowler Andre Nel as the replacement for Loots Bosman in the Proteas squad for the ICC world Twenty20, starting in Johannesburg next week.

Nel’s inclusion is subject to the approval of the ICC technical committee and a request in this regard will be forwarded to them this afternoon.

Nel will join the Proteas training camp in Potchefstroom as soon as possible to enable him to participate fully in the preparation phase.

Explaining the selection of a bowler to replace a batsman, selection convener Joubert Strydom commented: “The T20 squad was selected before the tour of Zimbabwe and, as most critics have mentioned, the bowling department looked a bit under-done and we feel that this is the area of the team that needed to be strengthened.

“We are well stocked in the top three batting department with five players – Graeme Smith, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers, Goolam Bodi and JP Duminy – all technically equipped to deal with the new ball and having the expansive strokeplay to force the pace where necessary.”

Cricket South Africa president Norman Arendse said that, although it remained the policy of the board to include seven players of colour in squads of 15 players, these were targets and not quotas.

“Quotas are set in stone while targets are something to strive for. The selectors have convinced me that there are logical and rational cricket reasons for opting for Nel. These included an examination of strike rates, economy rates, number of wickets taken and the like of the leading candidates.

“Statistics confirm that Nel was our best bowler at CWC in the Caribbean earlier this year and assistant coach, Vinnie Barnes, who was in charge of the A side in Zimbabwe, has also indicated that Nel was the best bowler on that tour.”

Cricket South Africa also announced the South African A side to tour India this month for two four-day matches. Changes will be made for the three limited overs games to follow as some of the players in the four-day squad will be required for the Test tour of Pakistan.

As was the case with the South African Emerging squad that won their recent tournament in Australia, the A side includes nine players of colour out of a squad of 14.

Interesting newcomers to this level of South African cricket include Lions off spinner Werner Coetsee, Cobras all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt and Dolphins left-arm seamer Yusuf Abdullah.

Boeta Dippenaar will captain the squad. Both Ashwell Prince and Hashim Amla have indicated that they would prefer to concentrate on their batting at this stage and not be burdened with the extra responsibility of leadership.

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