South Africa’s 15-man roster for the T20 World Cup 2021 has been announced and for the first time in his career, Temba Bavuma will lead South Africa in a major competition. Uncapped Keshav Maharaj has been selected for the tournament, but experienced Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and even Chris Morris, the IPL’s most expensive player, have been left out.

Despite being fit to play international white-ball cricket, Faf du Plessis was left out of the squad. The 37-year-old former captain, who retired from Tests in February, stated that one of his aims is to compete in this global championship. He hasn’t played a white-ball match for South Africa since December of last year, and he hasn’t been a member of any of their recent squads.

Wiaan Mulder and Dwaine Pretorius, who hasn’t played since breaking his rib against Pakistan in February, have been named as the two allrounders, with Andile Phehlukwayo named as a reserve. All three are now on South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka, although only Mulder and Phehlukwayo have played so far, with Pretorius scheduled to return in the T20I matches.

Temba Bavuma, South Africa’s injured white-ball captain, is likely to recover in time to lead his country in the World Cup. On Sunday, Bavuma had surgery to repair his broken thumb. He’s begun physiotherapy and has been given a four-week rehabilitation time, which should get him back to full strength by mid-October. “That’s what I’m focusing on mentally. This gives me plenty of time to prepare for the World Cup,” Bavuma remarked.

After Enoch Nkwe’s resignation on the eve of the trip, South Africa would be without an assistant coach in Sri Lanka. CSA had wanted to hire a new assistant before the World Cup but will now wait until after the event to formalise the position, with interim advisors in place.

Full squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen