SA vs WI: Aiden Markram Appointed As New T20I Captain Of South Africa

Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram
Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram. Pic Credits: Twitter

Today, Cricket South Africa (CSA) revealed the squads for the upcoming white-ball series against West Indies, as well as the coaching appointments. Aiden Markram has been named as the new captain of the T20I team, taking over from Temba Bavuma who resigned from the position last month. 

Aiden Markram brings significant leadership experience to the role, having previously captained South Africa at the Under-19 level, as well as leading provincial and franchise teams. Additionally, he recently led Sunrisers Eastern Cape to victory in the inaugural SA20 tournament.

Enoch Nkwe, the Director of Cricket, expressed his congratulations to Aiden Markram on being appointed as the captain of the Proteas T20I team. 

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Nkwe acknowledged Markram’s wealth of experience in leadership roles and his ability to inspire confidence and expressed confidence that he has all the necessary qualities to excel in the captaincy position. Nkwe also expressed his belief that Aiden Markram’s leadership will contribute to South Africa’s progression to new heights.

In addition to Aiden Markram’s new captaincy, JP Duminy has been announced as the full-time batting coach for the white-ball team. The 38-year-old brings coaching experience from his recent stints with the Paarl Royals in the SA20 league and the Paarl Rocks provincial team this season.

Rob Watler Excited to Work Alongside Aiden Markram

South Africa head coach Rob Walter talked about Aiden Markram leading the side and believes the all-rounder can usher the side in a new direction.

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“I am also excited to have Aiden take the reigns as T20I captain as he is very familiar to the setup and works well with those around him. He is a player that leads from the front and we have no doubt he will take this team to the next level in the years ahead,” Rob Walter said.

“I would like to congratulate Aiden on his appointment as captain of the Proteas T20I team. Leadership is extremely familiar to him having successfully led on so many levels. He is a player that inspires confidence and he has all the qualities to succeed in the role. We have no doubt will help take South Africa to the next level.

“At the same time, we would like to thank Temba for filling the position so aptly over the past two years. He has done a commendable job during this period and now has a new role to fulfil within the national set-up,” Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe said.

 “JP has been a great servant of South African cricket over the years and to have him on board as a coach adds immense value for two reasons. He is a developing coach and his experience as a player, so we look forward to having him on board,” added Director of Cricket Enoch Nkwe.

Several new appointments have been made for the upcoming white-ball tour, including Rory Kleinveldt, a former Proteas all-rounder and Western Province player, who will serve as the bowling coach. Additionally, Wandile Gwavu, head coach of DP World Lions, will take on the fielding coach role. While the permanent bowling and fielding coaches have yet to be announced, Kleinveldt and Gwavu will contribute their expertise to the team.

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