Dubai, August 22 (IANS) South African skipper Temba Bavuma has said that the upcoming T20 World Cup for men in 2021 will serve as a tournament of vital importance to his team and country. South Africa has never managed to get past the semi-finals in either the T20 men or the World Cup in the 50-over.
“The ICC T20 World Cup in 2021 is vital for Proteas and South Africa as a nation. Not only is the T20 format an important part of Cricket South Africa’s strategy to introduce new fans to the game of cricket, this tournament will also be the first of three opportunities for us to claim our first ever ICC World Cup trophy, ”said Bavuma to icc-cricket.com
South Africa are drawn in a tough Group 1 in the Super 12 phase along with reigning champions of the Caribbean, 2010 winners England, Australia and two more teams from the first round. South Africa has never made it past the semi-finals of a senior ICC event.
“The group we are in is an exciting group and we look forward to meeting everyone in it as we embark on our mission to reach the final and ultimate championship,” Bavuma confirmed.
South Africa started this year with a 2-1 away loss to Pakistan in February. It was followed by a 3-1 series loss to the same opposition at home in April. But they jumped back to beat the Caribbean 3-2 in June and July followed by Ireland 3-0 later in the month.
South Africa will have the chance to decide their combinations ahead of the World Cup when they take on Sri Lanka in a T20I series with three matches in September.
“We have a really exciting team, which we build with many raw talents, combined with the experienced hands who will guide and lead the young people. We have spent most of the year preparing for this competition, and I look forward to leading our country in my first world exhibition work as captain, ”concluded Bavuma.
South Africa start their T20 World Cup campaign against Australia on October 23 in Abu Dhabi.
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