Proteas batsman Rassie van der Dussen has been rewarded for his breakthrough season by being added to the list of centrally contracted players.
Van der Dussen was the Proteas second-highest runscorer at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup behind skipper Faf du Plessis. The Lions stalwart performed consistently and ended the showpiece with 311 runs at an average of 62.20.
The 30-year-old is the 17th men’s player to be contracted centrally and assumes the position of Duanne Olivier who terminated his contract when he signed a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire.
“Rassie’s promotion is thoroughly justified on the back of a brilliant debut season at international level and has also served as an inspiration to all aspiring cricketers at domestic level of what can be achieved by showing top-class form on a consistent basis,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.
The retirement of Hashim Amla could pave the way for Van der Dussen to make his Test debut on the tour of India, though competition for places will be stiff. Zubayr Hamza is currently the heir apparent to Amla’s Test spot but he will have to prove himself on the A tour that precedes the Proteas arrival in India.
Also in consideration is consistent first-class cricket performer Pieter Malan of the Cobras whose younger brother, Janneman, has impressed in T20I cricket.
Proteas woman on the brink of deal
Under Cricket South Africa‘s points system, Proteas Women wicketkeeper Sinalo Jafta is just one international appearance away from being awarded a 12-month contract.
“I am also happy to announce that Sinalo Jafta is currently one point away from a similar upgrade among our women’s players,” Moroe revealed.
“Should she be selected for their upcoming tour of India and play in at least one match she will qualify for a full 12-month contract.”
The 24-year-old keeper debuted in 2016 but came to the fore in the recent bilateral series against Pakistan. Jafta has played eight ODIs and five T20Is in her international career to date.
The Proteas’ men’s and women’s teams both face a trip to India in their next international assignments.
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