South Africa and Pakistan will now shift their focus from One-Day International to T20 International play Pakistan in a three-match T20 International cricket with the three-match series starting at Newlands on Friday.

Several younger players have been included with Warriors fast-bowler Lutho Sipamla a new cap in the squad.

The Proteas Women’s team will also be playing three T20 international matches as double headers, they will be playing against Sri Lanka.

Gihahn Cloete, Junior Dala, Heinrich Klaasen and Sipamla will get opportunities to put their names in lights. The World Cup squad still needs to be chosen and although it’s a different format, it will be another opportunity for players to shine.

“Every format you play for SA, if you excel you get an opportunity to put up your hand and it is around the corner to the World Cup. So, I don’t see why not if someone does extremely well,” says David Miller, Proteas Batsman.

T20 cricket is often the platform younger players get an opportunity on to see if they have the temperament to excel at a highest level. A few years ago, Lungi Ngidi, shone and then took those performances to the One-Day and Test arenas.

“It’s nice they have done that in T20’s, to give guys a bit of a taste of international cricket. It’s a different format, but if you do well, you mentally feel as if you belong here. It’s a great stepping stone and I think the guys are all really geared up for tomorrow,” says Miller, Proteas Batsman.

Time is running out for World Cup berths so players such as Chris Morris, Wiaan Mulder and Beuran Hendricks need to be out of the ordinary to remind selectors of their talents.

The Women’s match starts at one o’clock on Friday afternoon, followed by the men at 6pm.

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