Ver­non in, no place for Kal­lis, in World T20 squad

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SOUTH AFRICA have in­cluded the world’s num­ber one Test bowler Ver­non Phi­lan­der in their pre­lim­i­nary 30- man squad for the World Twenty20 tour­na­ment to be played in Bangladesh in March and April next year.

Phi­lan­der played the last of his seven Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional matches in 2007, but his re­cent re­call to the one-day in­ter­na­tional set-up sug­gested the Proteas were ready to use him in the short­est for­mat of the game as well.

The squad, to be cap­tained by Faf du Plessis, has been sub­mit­ted well be­fore the Jan­uary 6 dead­line and will later be pruned to a fi­nal list­ing of 15 play­ers.

Re­tir­ing Test all- rounder Jac­ques Kal­lis was not in­cluded in the squad.

Kal­lis an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that he would re­tire from Test cricket at the end of the cur­rent Test against In­dia but said he was avail­able to play for South Africa in lim­ited overs cricket.

In par­tic­u­lar he stated his am­bi­tion to be part of his coun­try’s 50-overs World Cup cam­paign in Aus­tralia and New Zealand in 2015.

An­drew Hud­son, the con­vener of se­lec­tors, was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment but a Cricket South Africa spokesman said there was noth­ing to be read into Kal­lis’s non-se­lec­tion.

“Jac­ques has not been part of the Twenty20 squad for some time and he has made it clear he wants to earn se­lec­tion for the 50-overs World Cup.”

Kal­lis, 38, has not played for South Africa in a T20 in­ter­na­tional since the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka, where he scored only 24 runs in three in­nings, al­though he took seven wick­ets in five matches, in­clud­ing four for 15 against Zim­babwe.

He has been a lead­ing player in the In­dian Pre­mier League and in the state­ment an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment, he said win­ning the IPL ti­tle with the Kolkata Knight Rid­ers in 2012 was “a spe­cial oc­ca­sion”.

Kal­lis has been an in­fre­quent par­tic­i­pant in do­mes­tic cricket in re­cent years but it is ex­pected that most of the na­tional play­ers will play in the do­mes­tic Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tion which starts on Jan­uary 5.

The pre­lim­i­nary squad is for ad­min­is­tra­tive pur­poses and there is noth­ing to pre­vent the se­lec­tors from pick­ing oth­ers for the fi­nal squad.

Test cap­tain Graeme Smith, who has not played in a T20 in­ter­na­tional since 2011, and Alviro Petersen were other mem­bers of the Test squad not in­cluded.

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