Graeme Smith to lead South Africa in Sharjah and Bangladesh
Graeme Smith, the 22 year-old Western Province left hander, will captain the South African national cricket squad on tours to Sharjah and Bangladesh later this month. Smith becomes the seventh player to captain South Africa since 1991.
The squad, announced in Cape Town today by UCBSA CEO Gerald Majola, sees several changes to the one that took part in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Recalled to the senior squad are Western Province left arm spinner Paul Adams, his provincial teammates, left arm seamer Charl Willoughby and right arm seamer Allan Dawson, as well as Northern Titans batsmen Jacques Rudolph and Neil McKenzie.
Two players, Allan Donald and Jonty Rhodes have retired from all International cricket, whilst Gary Kirsten has retired from One Day International cricket.
SA Squad to Tour Sharjah and Bangladesh.
Graeme Smith Captain Western Province Paul Adams Western Province Mark Boucher Border Allan Dawson Western Province Boeta Dippenaar Free State Herschelle Gibbs Western Province Andrew Hall Easterns Jacques Kallis Western Province Neil McKenzie Northerns Makhaya Ntini Border Robin Peterson Eastern Province Shaun Pollock KwaZulu-Natal Jacques Rudolph Northerns Charl Willoughby Western Province
Ashwell Prince will replace Boeta Dippenaar for the two Test matches in Bangladesh.
The squad leaves for Sharjah on 28th March to take part in the CBFS Sharjah Cup, before traveling to Bangladesh where they will play in a Triangular ODI tournament.
The National selectors also named a 15-man South African A squad to tour Australia in April.
The squad will be led by Northern Titans all-rounder Gerald Dros.
South Africa A Squad to tour Australia
Gerald Dros Captain Northerns Ahmed Amla KwaZulu-Natal Adam Bacher Gauteng Nicky Boje Free State Albie Morkel Easterns Andre Nel Easterns Justin Ontong Boland Dewald Pretorius Free State Ashwell Prince Western Province Roger Telemachus Western Province Thami Tsolekile Western Province Charl Langeveldt Boland Martin van Jaarsveld Northerns Morne van Wyk Free State Quinton Friend Western Province
The SA A squad will depart for Australia on the 30th of March. They will play six limited over matches and two three-day matches against Australia A.