Hendricks, de Bruyn win CSA contracts; Duminy and Tahir dropped

The pair of Reeza Hendricks and Theunis de Bruyn have been awarded central contracts by Cricket South Africa (CSA) for the 2019-20 season, while JP Duminy and Imran Tahir are among those to have lost theirs.

AB de Villiers, who retired in 2018, has also been excluded.

Hendricks, 29, made his ODI debut in August 2018 with 102 off 89 deliveries against Sri Lanka and has so far played 14 matches from which he has scored two additional half-centuries for a batting average of 31.76. Hendricks returned South Africa‘s T20I squad last February and since then has added eight games to his overall tally of 17, scoring two fifties. (READ: Kolpak: The biggest threat to South African cricket)

The allrounder de Bruyn, 26, played six Tests since March last year, scoring a maiden hundred in Sri Lanka.

The CSA contracts cover the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, South Africa’s teams tours of India in October and March, a full home series with England and a limited-overs engagement with Australia. In women’s cricket, they span the ICC World T20 Cup to be played in Australia in early 2020 and the ODI Championship series against Pakistan (home) and India and New Zealand (both away).

“We have contracted 16 men’s players and 14 women’s players which we feel is the appropriate number to maintain our national squads across the various formats,” said the CSA CEO, Thabang Moroe.”This enables us to contract both our Test players as well as those who are limited overs specialists.”

Duminy, Tahir, Chris Morris and the retired de Villiers have each lost their national contracts.

Duminy has not played for South Africa since October after undergoing surgery and is not part of the current ODI squad. Tahir managed one wicket in three ODIs against Pakistan in January and a solitary T20I in 2018. The allrounder Morris returned from injury and claimed six wickets in three T20Is versus Pakistan in January and two in five ODIs in early 2018, all against India.

CSA contracted players (men): Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn

CSA contracted players (women): Trisha Chetty, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Zintle Mali, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Tumi Sekhukhune, Chloe Tryon, Dane van Niekerk, Laura Wolvaardt