Cricket SA's head-honcho clear on 'Baby AB's' path: 'He wants to play for SA'

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  • Cricket South Africa's director of cricket Enoch Nkwe says they're keeping an eye on Dewald Brevis's development.
  • Brevis has yet to play first-class and list A cricket for the Titans, but is already making a name for himself in franchise T20 cricket.
  • The Proteas' squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia will be announced on Tuesday.

Cricket South Africa's director of cricket Enoch Nkwe made it clear that Dewald Brevis's international cricket priorities remain with South Africa despite his early franchise T20 globetrotting.

Brevis, who broke Shikhar Dhawan's Under-19 Cricket World Cup run-scoring record at this year's event that was held in the West Indies, has yet to make his List A and First-Class debut for the Titans.

His 506 runs in the West Indies earned him an Indian Premier League ticket with the Mumbai Indians and he's currently with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League.

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He's also part of the Mumbai Indians Cape Town side who will be taking part in the SA20 league early next year, indicating the value placed on him in the shortest format.

Nkwe says they still need to have a full debrief with the 19-year-old when he returns from the CPL, but acknowledges he's aware of the steps the youngster still needs to take.

"Domestic cricket is important and we'll always encourage a player to play domestic cricket," Nkwe said.

"He's been exposed to different forms of cricket and environments. He's played for the Titans earlier this year, so at least that process has started.

"His heart is here and he wants to play for South Africa. He understands that it may take a season or a couple of more months.

"We're not short-sighted and it's not like we're not aware of what is happening in his space. There's regular engagement.

"I can't wait for him to come back from the Caribbean Premier League so we can meet with him and see where he's at."

South Africa's ICC T20 World Cup squad will be announced on Tuesday and a name that's expected to feature is that of Tristan Stubbs.

Unlike Brevis, Stubbs didn't shoot the lights out as an Under-19, but pushed the selection envelope with impressive domestic performances for the Warriors.

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He hasn't had an extensive franchise T20 run like Brevis, but has seamlessly graduated into the national team.

Nkwe said players like Brevis and Stubbs won't be lost to the system, but will take different speeds to develop.

"Our system in South Africa will produce that level of quality cricketer and they won't stop," Nkwe said.

"We'll have a 19-year-old that goes to a World Cup, from where in a space of six months, they make the transition to playing for the Proteas.

"We've seen it, but the key is to support the player and ensure the base is solid."

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