JP Duminy, South Africa’s greatest T20I run scorer, has been appointed as one of two specialist advisors for the World Cup. Former assistant coach Enoch Nkwe will be replaced by Duminy and Justin Sammons, who has been with the team in Sri Lanka. Nkwe’s long-term replacement is now being sought by Cricket South Africa.

CSA Director Graeme S mith remarked, “I would like to thank the Imperial Lions and the North West Dragons for making JP and Justin accessible to us where they are currently employed as the respective batting instructors. Justin has already worked with the Proteas during the first half of our current trip to Sri Lanka, so he has an excellent working connection with the players. JP is the ideal player for T20 cricket. His track record as a player speaks for itself, and he will contribute specialised skills in all three batting, bowling, and fielding disciplines.”

Both Duminy and Sammons are currently part of the provincial coaching staff. Over the winter, Duminy was named head of the batting department for the Lions of Johannesburg, which was his first coaching role. North West province is coached by Sammons, who previously worked with the Lions.

Head coach Mark Boucher, bowling coach Charl Langeveldt, fielding coach Justin Ontong, Duminy and Sammons, who will share the batting coach responsibilities, will make up South Africa’s whole backroom staff.

Senior players like Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris were left out of the Proteas’ T20 World Cup roster announced on Thursday (September 9).

South Africa will begin their T20 World Cup campaign in Abu Dhabi with a Super 12 encounter against Australia. They’ll be in Group 1, which also includes the West Indies and England.