Even given the truth that the checklist of contracted gamers for the approaching season has a noticeable white-ball bias as a result of it is a T20 World Cup season, the Hendricks choice is unimaginable to justify from a cricketing perspective.
The Cricket South Africa (CSA) checklist of nationally contracted gamers for 2022/23 slipped by largely unnoticed virtually three weeks in the past.
It contained some surprises – some main (Reeza Hendricks) and a few minor (Janneman Malan) – in addition to two obtrusive omissions.
Neither Marco Jansen nor Kyle Verreynne, two of the celebs of the Test summer time, had been deemed worthy of nationwide contracts. Eyebrows had been raised, however objections had been muted. So a lot for sending optimistic vibes to the 2 greatest younger gamers within the nation.
National contracts are vital in and of themselves, however they’re additionally lenses by means of which we are able to glimpse necessary individuals’s excited about the longer term.
In this regard, Hendricks’ contract is at greatest perplexing, at worst staggering, significantly as a result of there are solely 16 nationwide contracts and so they’re subsequently at a premium.
Remember, Hendricks did not begin in SA’s first match of the World T20 within the Emirates in October, the five-wicket loss to Australia wherein Quinton de Kock opened with Temba Bavuma…