Graeme Smith left out from 15-man South Africa squad for ICC World T20

The 31-year-old Graeme Smith played his last T20 international in October 2011 Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Johannesburg: Aug 9, 2012

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday left out Test captain Graeme Smith from their 15-member squad to take part in the upcoming ICC World T20 starting September 18 in Sri Lanka.

However, veteran cricketer Jacques Kallis was named in the squad, despite having played only one Twenty20 international since May 2010.

“We are confident that our squad will be very competitive and make South Africa proud. We have had basically the same squad together for the past year and many of them also produced stand-out performances at the Indian Premier League (IPL),” CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson said in a statement.

South Africa are placed in Group C along with hosts Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

In order to get some match practise ahead of the event, the same squad will play a three-match T20 series in England next month, Reuters said.

“The Proteas will also have excellent preparation for the World Twenty20 by finishing the England tour with three matches. They may be playing on a different surface to that they will find in Sri Lanka but they will be able to hone their T20 specific skills,” Hudson added.

Squad:

AB de Villiers (c), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Johan Botha, JP Duminy, Francois du Plessis, Jacques Kallis, Richard Levi, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.