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Zubayr Hamza to lead South Africa ‘A’ for Zimbabwe tour

Cape Cobras batsman Zubayr Hamza (Gallo)

Cape Cobras batsman Zubayr Hamza (Gallo)

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Proteas batsman Zubayr Hamza will lead the South Africa ‘A’ side, which will tour Zimbabwe for four One-Day matches and two 4-Day matches in Harare from 29 May to 16 June.

This will be the ‘A’ team’s first tour since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, which rendered the tours in 2020 cancelled or rescheduled.

All matches in Harare will be played behind closed doors and within a bio-secure environment.

Cricket South Africa’s convenor of selectors, Victor Mpitsang stated that the Zimbabwe tour will act as match preparation for the Proteas T20 series against West Indies, which will get underway from 26 June.

“We are pleased to have our ‘A’ team playing again. This is vital for the growth of our next tier of players who have been starved of international experience of late,” said Mpitsang.

“Covid-19 saw a couple of planned tours cancelled last season, so we are grateful to the Zimbabwe Cricket Board for inviting us over for what we know will be a tightly contested few weeks of cricket.

“The One-Day series in particular will act as match preparation for our Proteas who will be taking part in the white-ball leg of the tour to the West Indies.

“Red ball cricket is a format that CSA holds in high esteem and wishes to protect at all costs, so it’s of great importance for us to ensure that we have a strong base from which the national selection panel can select when the national team needs an injection of new blood.”

The SA ‘A’ tour will kick off with the One-Day series, which will see Proteas regulars such as Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Janneman Malan and Reeza Hendricks feature ahead of the national team’s tour to West Indies.

The Four-Day team features 4-Day Franchise Series stars such as Dominic Hendricks, Raynard van Tonder and Sinethemba Qeshile.

South Africa ‘A’ One-Day squad:

Ryan Rickelton (Central Gauteng Lions), Janneman Malan (Boland), Reeza Hendricks (Central Gauteng Lions), Zubayr Hamza (Western Province), Tony de Zorzi (Western Province), Dwaine Pretorius (North West), Andile Phehlukwayo (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Sisanda Magala (Central Gauteng Lions), Junior Dala (Northerns), Lutho Sipamla (Central Gauteng Lions), Senuran Muthusamy (North West), Daryn Dupavillon (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Glenton Stuurman (Eastern Province), Theunis de Bruyn (Northerns), Wiaan Lubbe (Eastern Province), Sinethemba Qeshile (Eastern Province)

South Africa ‘A’ Four-Day squad:

Dominic Hendricks (Central Gauteng Lions), Eddie Moore (Eastern Province), Zubayr Hamza (Zubayr Hamza), Raynard van Tonder (Free State), Theunis de Bruyn (Northerns), Senuran Muthusamy (North West), Sinethemba Qeshile (Eastern Province), Miguel Pretorius (Free State), Daryn Dupavillon (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Glenton Stuurman (Eastern Province), Lutho Sipamla (Central Gauteng Lions), Dayyaan Galiem (Northerns), Okuhle Cele (Northerns), Tony de Zorzi (Western Province), Ryan Rickelton (Central Gauteng Lions), Tshepo Ntuli (Central Gauteng Lions)

South Africa ‘A’ Tour to Zimbabwe schedule:

29 May – 1st One-Day match at Harare

31 May – 2nd One-Day match at Harare

2 June – 3rd One-Day match at Harare

4 June – 4th One-Day match at Harare

6-10 June – 1st 4-Day match at Harare

13-16 June – 2nd 4-Day match at Harare

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