A number of international players were included in the South African team for the third edition of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Cup Twenty20 match, in which they play the Springboks at Newlands on December 8.
The likes of Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Kyle Abbott, who were part of the 2-1 Test series win away in Australia, were named for the match that honours Mandela and is played with the aim of raising funds for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
South Africa have also roped in David Miller, Imran Tahir, Farhaan Behardien and Wayne Parnell, the T20 stars, to boost their lineup. The only brand new face in the team is that of Mangaliso Mosehle, the wicketkeeper-batsman who scored a blistering 87 off 59 balls in the final to lead Titans to the Ram Slam T20 Challenge trophy.
The side has made sure that they have at least one representative from all the six franchises – Cape Cobras, Dolphins, Knights, Highveld Lions, Warriors, Titans.
“The Legacy Mandela Cup takes place as we mark the third anniversary of Madiba’s passing. Supporting his legacy is more important than ever,” said Lunga Nene, media analyst at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “It is also a thrill for us to be able to celebrate Madiba through sports, which as we know helped him accomplish a lot to bring people together.”
Squad: Hashim Amla, Mangaliso Mosehle, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Aaron Phangiso, Imran Tahir, Kyle Abbott.