Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday announced a list of 21 players who have been awarded national contracts for the 2013-14 season. The new contracts run from 1 May, 2013 to 30 April, 2014, a press release said.
Dean Elgar and Rory Kleinveldt, who are part of recent South African Test squads along with Marchant de Lange and Aaron Phangiso have been awarded contracts for the first time. All-rounder Ryan McLaren has been re-awarded a contract after missing out for the past 12 months.
Five players including Mark Boucher (retired), Ashwell Prince, Rusty Theron, Albie Morkel and Jacques Rudolph have been omitted from the contracted list while Johan Botha was released from his contract at his own request after last year's ICC World Twenty20.
"Dean Elgar has established himself in the Test squad while Rory Kleinveldt has done well across all three formats," said CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson.
"Ryan Mclaren has come back very strongly this season and, like Kleinveldt, has featured across the formats," he added.
CSA contracted squad:
Graeme Smith , AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Marchant de Lange, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Imran Tahir, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Thami Tsolekile, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.