Ottis Gibson Knows South Africa’s 15 for the 2019 World Cup; Backs Hashim Amla
South Africa head coach has a lot of reasons to celebrate and few to ponder over following for this year, in particular. Thus, Gibson revealed he’s known the 15-man squad while adding Hashim Amla is still in the contention.
After the Proteas routed Pakistan before losing the two-match Test series at the hands of Sri Lanka, Gibson is eager for the mega event. In between, Proteas clinched the limited-overs series in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup.
2019 World Cup: South Africa is ‘confident’ –
According to Sport24, the Proteas squad is expected to be released on April 18. However, the last date for the finalisation of the squad is April 23.
“The other day I thought to myself that I wish the World Cup was next week, because we’re in such good form at the minute and confidence is high in the team,” Sport24 quoted Gibson as saying in Johannesburg.
Recently, Gibson expressed players have a crucial role to play for the Proteas at the 2019 World Cup.
The former Windies pacer Gibson was handed over a chief coach role in August 2017.
With experienced Gibson having a fair bit of idea about the coveted squad, he is aiming to nurse a lot well ahead of the much-awaited ICC event.
“I’ve had 15 for a while now. But we’ve got to sit with fingers crossed,” Sport24 quoted Gibson as saying.
In between, Gibson will oversee the activities during the ongoing Momentum One-day Cup. Also, he will gauge the level of players during the Twenty20 competition.
Meanwhile, South African skipper Faf du Plessis is hoping to get a breather during the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). He is keen to keep his body fit ahead of the quadrennial event slated to get underway on May 30 in London.
The same day when they will face-off hosts England in the curtain-raiser at Kennington Oval.
2019 World Cup: Ottis Gibson on players playing in IPL –
Concurrently, du Plessis is plying his trade with the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
However, as many as five players participating in the IPL will feature in the World Cup. Currently, they’re representing distinct franchises in the ongoing twelfth edition of the IPL.
“The IPL is there and there is also still a domestic season to get through. We’ve asked the guys who have gone off to make sure that they still remember what the biggest picture is with regards to the Proteas set-up,” Gibson added.
Earlier, exciting prospect Anrich Nortje suffered from an injury which ruled him out of the 2019 IPL.
“The guys who have gone to the IPL have all got individual programmes around their fitness and their cricket,” Gibson inferred.
Gibson adamant in approach maintained they won’t consider injured players in the build-up of the tournament.
Besides, the Proteas will start their camp on May 12.
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