Durban – Hollywoodbets Dolphins skipper Khaya Zondo has received a call up to the Standard Bank Proteas squad for the first three of five Momentum ODIs against India starting at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on 1 February.
The middle order star has been in the Proteas set-up before, but is yet to make his national debut and the upcoming series against one of the world’s best one day teams will provide a stern challenge for the 27 year-old and the rest of the Proteas side.
“Obviously I am really excited to be a part of the national team and hopefully to start my international career,” Zondo said. “I can’t really describe the feeling but I am looking forward to being a part of the set-up.
“It would be great to make my debut at Kingsmead but I am a new player in the squad so we will just have to wait and see what happens with selection.”
Zondo has been on the fringes of selection as he led the SA A 50 over side on their recent tour of England this past winter. He has been in charge of a Dolphins side that made it to the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge final this season and has qualified for the Momentum One Day Cup semi-finals.
Zondo will join fellow Hollywoodbets Dolphins Andile Phehlukwayo and Imran Tahir in the 50 over squad and Chief Executive Officer of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom is excited by yet another player being included in the highest rank of cricket in the country.
“It’s always a great moment for us when one of our players is selected for the Proteas for the first time,” Strydom mentioned.
“Khaya has had a long, consistent career with the Dolphins and we wish him all the best as he makes his way into international cricket.”
Former Hilton College schoolboy and recent test sensation Lungi Ngidi is the only other uncapped player in the 50 over squad.
Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Hashim Amla (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), AB de Villiers (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), David Miller (VKB Knights), Morne Morkel (Multiply Titans), Chris Morris (Multiply Titans), Lungisani Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Khayelihle Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins).
February 1: D/N @ 13h30 1st Momentum ODI, Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban
February 4: Day @ 10h00 2nd Momentum ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion
February 7: D/N @ 13h30 3rd Momentum ODI, PPC Newlands, Cape Town
February 10: D/N @ 13h30 4th Momentum ODI, Bidvest Wanderers, Johannesburg
February 13: D/N @ 13h30 5th Momentum ODI, St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth
February 16: D/N @ 13h30 6th Momentum ODI, SuperSport Park, Centurion
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