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 ProvincePaul AdamsWestern ProvinceMark BoucherBorderAllan DawsonWestern ProvinceBoeta DippenaarFree StateHerschelle GibbsWestern ProvinceAndrew HallEasternsJacques KallisWestern ProvinceNeil McKenzieNorthernsMakhaya NtiniBorderRobin PetersonEastern ProvinceShaun PollockKwaZulu-NatalJacques RudolphNorthernsCharl WilloughbyWestern 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 CaptainNorthernsAhmed AmlaKwaZulu-NatalAdam BacherGautengNicky BojeFree StateAlbie MorkelEasternsAndre NelEasternsJustin OntongBolandDewald PretoriusFree StateAshwell PrinceWestern ProvinceRoger TelemachusWestern ProvinceThami TsolekileWestern ProvinceCharl LangeveldtBolandMartin van JaarsveldNorthernsMorne van WykFree StateQuinton FriendWestern 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.