Cricket South Africa has awarded Rassie van der Dussen with a Central Contract for the 2019-20 season as he met their criteria to qualify for it during South Africa’s World Cup 2019 campaign.
Although it was a disappointing campaign for South Africa, van der Dussen’s performance with the bat was a silver lining for them. He scored 311 runs at an average of 62.20 and a strike-rate of 90.40 during the tournament. The right-handed batsman will become the 17th player on CSA’s central contract and he will occupy the vacant spot left by Duanne Olivier, who had decided to take the Kolpak route.
“Rassie’s promotion is thoroughly justified on the back of a brilliant debut season at international level and has also served as an inspiration to all aspiring cricketers at domestic level of what can be achieved by showing top-class form on a consistent basis,” CSA chief Thabang Moroe said.
Van der Dussen continued his superb run of form in the recently concluded Global T20 Canada as well. He amassed a total of 208 runs in five innings at an excellent average of 52.00 and an outstanding strike-rate of 161.24 as well. His batting exploits helped the Vancouver Knights to reach the Grand Finale of the league, which they lost narrowly in a super-over tie.
CSA is also supposed to send several players, which include those who have played for the national team and also those who are viewed as potential future assets, to a spin camp scheduled to take place in Bengaluru from August 17 to 23. This decision is taken in order to prepare the players better against the challenges that the Indian conditions offer. Both South Africa A and the national team are supposed to tour India in the final quarter of the year. Moroever, the next World Cup is scheduled to take place in India as well and, hence, South Africa have started their preparations early.