Johnnesburg: Juan Theron, the South African pacer who has made an immediate impact in the Indian Premier League, has received a call up to the South African team for the World Twenty20. He is the only uncapped player in the squad.
Graeme Smith has been named the captain of the team, and is expected to make a full recovery from a finger injury sustained in the IPL while playing for the Rajasthan Royals.
However, Wayne Parnell and Justin Kemp - two other South African players who sustained injuries in the IPL - have not recovered enough to make it to the squad. Jacques Kallis has been named the vice-captain.
"I am delighted that we have Graeme Smith back from injury to lead us in this campaign," commented coach Corrie van Zyl who was involved in the selection process for the first time since taking charge of the Proteas.
"At the same time it is sad to lose players of the calibre of Wayne Parnell and Justin Kemp.
The Proteas play warm-up matches against Sri Lanka on April 27 and England on April 28, both at the Kensington Oval. Their pool matches are against India at Beausejour (St. Lucia) on May 2 and Afghanistan at the Kensington Oval on May 5.
The tournament proper starts on April 30 with the final set down for May 16.
Squad: Graeme Smith (capt), Jacques Kallis (vice-capt), Lungile Bosman, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Juan Theron, Roelof van der Merwe.