OMPHILE RAMELA will lead the South African Invitation XI in the three-day tour match against Sri Lanka to be played at Senwes Park from December 18 to 20.
The match comes two days after the Challenge T20 Final and before the Sunfoil Series resumes in January so there is no clash with any franchise cricket.
“We see this match as a wonderful opportunity to see what some of our younger players, who have shown good form in franchise cricket this season, can do against quality opposition,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Linda Zondi. “This is a good chance for these players to show what they can do at the next level.
“We have also included a number of provincial players who stood out in the Africa T20 Cup or for the SA Academy team.
“It is important that these younger players have some experience to feed off and this will be provided by the likes of Ramela and Dane Piedt.”
SA Invitation XI squad: Omphile Ramela (BuildNat Cape Cobras, capt), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), Leus du Plooy (Free State), Jason Smith (BuildNat Cape Cobras), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Marques Ackerman (North West), Mangaliso Mosehle (bizhub Highveld Lions), Dane Piedt (BuildNat Cape Cobras), Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions), Lwandiswa Zuma (VKB Knights), Duanne Olivier (VKB Knights), Okuhle Cele (KZN)