Du Plessis misses out on CSA contract, Klaasen replaces him
Former Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has been snubbed from Cricket South Africa's list of contracted men's players. Du Plessis, who has retired from Test cricket, remains available to play white-ball cricket. Meanwhile, wicket-keeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen has replaced the former in the list. In the women's segment, left-handed batter Lara Goodall has been awarded her first national contracts by CSA.
Middle-order batsman du Plessis retired from Test cricket last month. However, he remains available for selection in limited-overs cricket. With no national contract, he is free to feature in T20 leagues around the world. He will also remain eligible to play for South Africa in ICC events. Notably, Du Plessis will be in action for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021.
Men's CSA contracts: Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen
Goodall played a key role in South Africa's ODI series win against India Women. The 24-year-old has scored 162 runs from four ODIs at an average of 62.00, so far. Her scores in the series read as - 0*, 49, 16 and 59*. As a result, she has been rewarded with the national contract. Notably, the CSA is preparing for several upcoming world tournaments.
Women's CSA contracts: Dané van Niekerk, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus, Tumi Sekhukhune, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt