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Van Wyk takes swipe at Proteas selectors

Dolphins wicketkeeper-batsman Morne van Wyk has hit out at the country’s cricket selectors after he was excluded from the Proteas’ T20 squad for their tour to Bangladesh in July.

Van Wyk, 36, scored 114 not out off 70 balls in South Africa’s last T20 match against West Indies in January this year, only to be dropped for the tour to Bangladesh.

“It’s only logical. Any team will retain someone who’s done that,” Van Wyk told Netwerk24.

“I have in the meantime also been named as T20 Player of the Year by a formidable panel, but the selectors don’t see it that way. There is no logic behind it.”

Van Wyk also mentioned that his leadership qualities may be intimidating to some of the senior players in the South African squad, which could be a reason for his omission.

Van Wyk has played six T20 internationals for South Africa, scoring 203 runs at an average of 50.77 and a strike rate of 154.96.

Proteas Test squad: Hashim Amla (Nashua Cape Cobras, captain), Dean Elgar (The Unlimited Titans), Reeza Hendricks (Knights), Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans), Stiaan van Zyl (Nashua Cape Cobras), JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock (The Unlimited Titans), Vernon Philander (Nashua Cape Cobras), Dale Steyn (Nashua Cape Cobras), Morne Morkel (The Unlimited Titans), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Simon Harmer (Warriors), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Dane Vilas (Nashua Cape Cobras).

Proteas ODI squad: AB de Villiers (The Unlimited Titans, captain), Hashim Amla (Nashua Cape Cobras, vice-capt), Quinton de Kock (The Unlimited Titans), Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras), David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins), Farhaan Behardien (The Unlimited Titans), Chris Morris (The Unlimited Titans), Morne Morkel (The Unlimited Titans), Imran Tahir (Sunfoil Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Wayne Parnell (Nashua Cape Cobras), Ryan McLaren (Sunfoil Dolphins).

Proteas T20 squad: Faf du Plessis (The Unlimited Titans, captain), Quinton de Kock (The Unlimited Titans), Rilee Rossouw (Knights), AB de Villiers (The Unlimited Titans), JP Duminy (Nashua Cape Cobras), David Miller (Sunfoil Dolphins), David Wiese (The Unlimited Titans), Chris Morris (The Unlimited Titans), Kyle Abbott (Sunfoil Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Aaron Phangiso (bizhub Highveld Lions), Eddie Leie (bizhub Highveld Lions), Wayne Parnell (Nashua Cape Cobras), Beuran Hendricks (Nashua Cape Cobras).

Bangladesh tour itinerary:

July 5 – 1st T20 International, Dhaka

July 7 – 2nd T20 International, Dhaka

July 10 – 1st ODI, Dhaka

July 12 – 2nd ODI, Dhaka

July 15 – 3rd ODI, Chittagong

July 2 – 1st Test, Chittagong

July 30 – 2nd Test, Dhaka

 

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