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Rassie Van der Dussen reacts after being snubbed from T20 World Cup squad

South Africa's World Cup journey begins with a match against Sri Lanka on June 3rd

Rassie Van der Dussen reacts after being snubbed from T20 World Cup squad PHOTO: AFP

South African cricket captain Rassie Van der Dussen has taken a mature stance after being left out of the squad for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup scheduled to take place in the USA and West Indies next month. 

Speaking ahead of their series against West Indies, Van der Dussen showed a mature and team-oriented perspective, emphasizing that his focus remains on supporting the squad's younger players and preparing them for the global event.

“I don’t feel like I need to prove anything. It’s pretty standard what I’m about as a cricketer,” Van der Dussen said.

Acknowledging the competitive nature of squad selections, the newly appointed skipper acknowledged the coach's responsibility to assemble a combination that maximizes the team's chances.

“Yes, the coach has to pick a World Cup squad and there are only 15 guys who can go. He has to come up with combinations to give us the best chance as a squad and as a country. And that’s what it’s all about," he said.

“I’m not in a situation where I haven’t played a lot of international cricket in the T20s ... being a captain, yes that is a new challenge for me. From my side, I need to help the guys get ready for the World Cup to put in a performance," he added.

Despite the challenges of players being involved in other tournaments like the IPL, Van der Dussen remains optimistic about the team's preparation.

“Ideally you want the whole squad to be together and play some matches before the World Cup. But we know the guys are at the IPL and doing what they need to do there,” he said.

South Africa's World Cup journey begins with a match against Sri Lanka on June 3rd, followed by encounters with Netherlands on June 8, Bangladesh on June 10, and their last group game against Nepal on June 15.

South Africa squad for T20 World Cup 2024: Aiden Markram (c), Ottniel Baartman, Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Ryan Rickelton, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs.

Travelling reserves: Nandre Burger and Lungi Ngidi