Right-handed batsmen – Jenman Malan and Keegan Pietersen – on Friday earned Cricket South Africa contracts among men’s players for the 2022-23 season. Malan and Pietersen have been rewarded for making a stellar start to their South Africa careers in white and red-ball cricket respectively.
Since making his debut in February 2019, the 25-year-old Malan has excelled at the top of the order in ODIs, scoring 759 runs in 13 innings at an average of 69.00, scoring three centuries and an unbeaten 177. Ireland. Based on his run-scoring exploits, he also won the ICC Award for Emerging Men’s Cricketer of the Year for 2021.
Pietersen, on the other hand, was the Player of the Series in South Africa’s 2-1 comeback win over India earlier this year, contributing 276 runs at 46.00 and scoring three fifties in six innings in consistently tough batting conditions. He has so far scored 320 runs in five Tests at an average of 35.55.
“It has been an exceptional season for the white-ball team which has not lost a series under Temba Bavuma. One of the biggest upcoming highlights for us is the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia and we look forward to supporting Temba and his men as they look to make history later this year,” said CSA’s newly appointed CEO Foletsi Mosecki. he said.
“The Test team has grown under the strong leadership of Dean Elgar and shown significant improvement. The Proteas will play even more Test cricket this season, which is important for the development of players, the format in our country as well as the accumulation of points for the ICC World Test Championship.
“At CSA, we are big advocates of rewarding excellence and I am pleased to be the first to congratulate Jannemon Malan and Keegan Peterson on their new contracts.”
A report in ESPNcricinfo said that the two left-arm pacers on last year’s list are Beuran Hendrix and wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen.
Meanwhile, the contracts of South Africa women’s players will be announced after the conclusion of the ongoing ODI World Cup in New Zealand.
South Africa men’s contract for 2022-23: Temba Bavuma, Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendrix, Keshav Maharaj, Jenman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Enrique Nortje, Keegan Pietersen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwayne Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabrez Shamsi, Rasi.