Why Chris Morris is not in South Africa’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

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Why Chris Morris is not in South Africa's T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?
Why Chris Morris is not in South Africa's T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

On Thursday, 9 September, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced its 15-member squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. It has left many fans surprised because the names of some of the most famous cricketers – Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris and Imran Tahir – were missing from the squad. South Africa has decided to go into this year’s T20 World Cup without these veterans. In their absence, Temba Bavuma will the side in the UAE for the upcoming World Cup. Their omission has left many baffled because they are among most successful and experienced players in the shortest format of the game. See why Chris Morris is not in South Africa’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad.

Chris Morris T20 World Cup
Chris Morris T20 World Cup

Morris was among the group of ‘free agents,’ the South African selectors chose to overlook for the World Cup. He is regarded as a leading T20 all-rounder. In IPL 2020, he was the most expensive overseas player. He joined RCB for RS. 10 crore. Now he plays for Rajasthan Royals.

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South Africa T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

South Africa T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
South Africa T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen

Why Chris Morris is not in South Africa’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

The reason behind Chris Morris’ non-selection as revealed by the selectors is that the all-rounder hasn’t even made himself available for international cricket.

The CSA gave the following explanation on the omission of Chris Morris from the squad.

“Outside that Chris made himself unavailable. Most of our engagements with Chris through his agent has said that he is unavailable for international cricket.”

Chris Morris last played for South Africa at the 2019 Cricket World Cup and his last appearance in a T20 International was in March 2019 against Sri Lanka. After last representing the country in March 2019, Chris Morris had made himself unavailable to play for South Africa. However, he will play for Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League.

After missing from the South Africa’s T20 squad, Chris Morris said that:

“There are no hard feelings. I was pissed off for a few months, but I got over it. Now I’m just looking forward to watching my mates perform well in the World Cup, I genuinely believe South Africa has a good chance of winning it.”

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