Calcutta/Cape Town: David Wiese became the latest South African cricketer to forego future national team selection after signing a Kolpak contract to compete in County cricket and bringing an abrupt end to his international limited-overs career.
The 31-year-old medium pacer has played 20 T20Is for South Africa and six ODIs but is no longer eligible to play for his country after penning a three-year deal with Sussex. It was only last week when Kyle Abbott and and Rilee Rossouw caused a storm when they quit the international arena to sign for Hampshire on Kolpak contracts.
Abbott, Rossouw and Wiese have all fallen out of selection for South Africa's T20 side, which was named by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday. Farhaan Berhardien was appointed stand-in captain and six uncapped players were named in the squad to play Sri Lanka later this month as South Africa rested the seniors.
Berhardien takes over from Faf du Plessis as skipper for the first two games in the three-match series, which begins on January 20 at the Centurion. A captain for the third game will be named later.
The six new caps in the T20I squad are Jon-Jon Smuts, Theunis de Bruyn, Mangaliso Mosehle, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dane Paterson and Lungi Ngidi.
Meanwhile, the CSA board of directors received reports from both the national team review panel as well as the domestic cricket systems review. The Board held a special meeting last week on Friday to meet the national team review panel to discuss their report.
The release added that among other recommendations, the review panel also emphasised the importance of transformation if the Proteas were to make the fullest use of the playing resources available.
A strong point was made that transformation needs to be widely embraced and from the lowest levels to the highest. The sentiment was that it should not be a 'numbers game' which leads to a focus on the numbers instead of the root causes of the problem.