Protea players withdrawn from RAM SLAM T20

CSA have withdrawn Proteas players from the RAM SLAM T20 final.

The RAM SLAM T20 Challenge final takes place on Sunday at Sahara Park Newlands. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - No Proteas players will feature in Sunday's RAM SLAM T20 Challenge final at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town.

The Sunfoil Dolphins face the Unlimited Titans in a playoff game in Durban on Wednesday for a spot in the final against the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras.

Western Province Cricket Association CEO Andre Odendaal says Cricket South Africa (CSA) have withdrawn all Proteas players from the match in preparation for the upcoming Australia series.

Cobras and Proteas stalwarts JP Duminy, Hashim Amla, Vernon Philander, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt and Dale Steyn will all miss out after helping the Cobras get to the final.

Odendaal says he hopes CSA rethink their decision.

"Cricket South Africa seemed to indicate that none of the national players will be made available. We are hoping that they rethink this decision, and that this great tournament can end on a high note with our full complement of Proteas."

The Cobras' West Indian spin wizard Sunil Narine will also miss the final.

He has to return home to play a match for Trinidad and Tobago in their domestic competition in order to qualify for West Indies selection.

Narine made six appearances for the Cobras in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge, taking 10 wickets at an average of 13.70 and with an economy rate of 5.95.

Odendaal says the team is sad to see Narine leave.

"We've known from the start that he'd be available until the playoffs. To qualify to play for the West Indies he has to play at least one game in their domestic tournament, and if he doesn't leave this week he will miss that.

"He's been a magical signing and has made a massive impact. He's added an extra dimension to an already special team."