South African skipper Temba Bavuma has said the upcoming 2021 T20 Men’s World Cup is a tournament of vital importance for his team and country. South Africa have never made it past the men’s T20 or 50-over World Cup semi-finals.
“The 2021 ICC T20 World Cup is vitally important to the Proteas and South Africa as a nation. Not only is the T20 format a key part of Cricket South Africa’s strategy to introduce new fans to the game of cricket, but this tournament will also be the first of three opportunities for us to win our very first ICC World Cup trophy. Bavuma said. at icc-cricket.com
South Africa were drawn into a tough Super 12 Stage Group 1 alongside reigning champions West Indies, 2010 winners England, Australia and two other first-round teams. South Africa have never made it past the semi-finals of an ICC senior event.
“The group we are in is exciting and we look forward to taking on everyone as we continue our mission to reach the final and the ultimate championship,” said Bavuma.
South Africa started this year with a 2-1 away loss to Pakistan in February. It was followed by a 3-1 series loss to the same opponent at home in April. But they rebounded to beat the West Indies 3-2 in June and July, followed by Ireland 3-0 later in the month.
South Africa will have the chance to decide their combinations ahead of the World Cup when they face Sri Lanka in a three-game T20I series in September.
“We have a really exciting team that we are building with a lot of raw talent, coupled with the experienced hands that will guide and lead the youngsters. We have spent the better part of the year preparing for this competition and I look forward to leading our country in my first world showpiece as captain, ”concluded Bavuma.
South Africa kick off their T20 World Cup campaign against Australia on October 23 in Abu Dhabi.
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