Parnell Becomes First Kolpak Player To Return To South Africa Squad

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Parnell Becomes First Kolpak Player To Return To South Africa SquadWayne Parnell last played for South Africa in 2017.

Wayne Parnell became the first former Kolpak player to come in from the cold on Wednesday, when South Africa named their squad to play three ODIs against the Netherlands in the coming weeks. But George Linde must be wondering what he has done wrong to be overlooked again in the wake of his surprising omission from the T20 WC.

Parnell, who played the last of his 111 matches for South Africa in October 2017, announced in September 2018 that he had signed a three-year Kolpak contract with Worcestershire. That precluded him from playing internationally. The Kolpak era ended when the UK left the European Union at the end of January 2020, which put players like Parnell back in the mix for South Africa – as long as they featured in the country's domestic competitions.

This season's provincial ODI tournament has yet to be played, but in the T20 competition Parnell captained Western Province and scored 104 runs in four innings and took five wickets at an economy rate of 8.18. In a quarter-final against the Knights he took guard with his team having sunk to 105/5 chasing 224, and hammered 80 not out off 29 balls.

The Knights won by four runs, thanks in no small part to another Kolpak returnee, Rilee Rossouw, who scored an undefeated 112 off 55. Rossouw also made another century and two 50s in five innings in that competition, in which he was the leading runscorer. But he did not crack the nod for the ODI squad.

“These selections are part of our strategy to give opportunities and reward the good work of players in our provincial system,” a CSA release quoted selection convenor Victor Mpitsang as saying.

Keshav Maharaj will captain South Africa in the absence of Temba Bavuma, who is among several rested members of the T20 WC squad. Other notable absentees include Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada and Rassie van der Dussen. Maharaj was also in charge for a drawn ODI series and a 3-0 sweep of the T20Is in Sri Lanka in September and October after Bavuma broke his thumb in the first ODI.

The T20 WC players who have been retained are Maharaj, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Dwaine Pretorius and Tabraiz Shamsi.

Junior Dala, Beuran Hendricks and Linde were in the side for the Lankan ODIs but have lost their places. Linde is unlucky, particularly as he could have come in for Shamsi – who would have had the chance to give the groin he tweaked at the T20 WC a chance to recover fully.

Zubayr Hamza and Ryan Rickelton are in an ODI squad for the first time, while there are recalls – measured on the Lankan series – for Daryn Dupavillon, Ngidi, Parnell and Khaya Zondo. Sisanda Magala, who was also selected on Wednesday, and Miller missed those Colombo matches through injury.

The series is the Netherlands' first international series in South Africa. The first two matches will be played in Centurion on November 26 and 28, and third at the Wanderers on December 1. South Africa will eye the rubber as an opportunity to secure valuable World Cup Super League points.

South Africa squad: Keshav Maharaj (c), Daryn Dupavillon, Zubayr Hamza, Reeza Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Janneman Malan, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Wayne Parnell, Ryan Rickelton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Khaya Zondo.

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