South Africa Drop Nel from Squad for Tests Against India


Johannesburg, Mar 12: South Africa have made two changes to their attack for the three-Test series in India, the selectors announced on Tuesday.

Swing bowler Charl Langeveldt, who has played six Tests, replaces Andre Nel a veteran of 34 Tests, while slow left-armer Paul Harris returns after missing the two Tests in Bangladesh because of minor surgery.

Fellow left-armer Robin Peterson, who took his first five-wicket haul against Bangladesh in Chittagong, retains his place ahead of off-spinner Johan Botha and will be back-up to Harris.

The 14-man squad includes six non-white players thanks to the inclusion of Peterson and Langeveldt but convenor of selectors Joubert Strydom was unavailable to comment on whether the selectors' original choices had been approved by Cricket South Africa (CSA) president Norman Arendse.

South African cricket was mired in controversy last month when Arendse refused to approve the squad originally chosen for the Bangladesh tour, which included only four black players before Peterson replaced Harris upon his late withdrawal.

That squad was eventually announced by CSA chief executive Gerald Majola, leading to conflict between him and Arendse.

This was resolved only when a CSA extraordinary general council meeting called on the two officials to resolve their differences and work out a strategy together to make the South African team more racially representative. 


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