Gallery: Zuma wishes Proteas well

Photographs by Bongani Nkosi

The Proteas, kitted out in their stylish green blazers, met President Jacob Zuma on the eve of their departure for the International Cricket Council World Cup on the Asian sub-continent later this month. Zuma, also sporting the traditional blazer, wished the squad of 15 good luck and gave them a special message from Nelson Mandela. The tournament will be played in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka from 19 February to 2 April.

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President Jacob Zuma bids farewell to the Proteas as they jet off to South Asia to do battle in the ICC World Cup. The Proteas seem confident following their recent ODI series victory over India.
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Jacques Kallis, South Africa’s number one batsman, has recovered from injury and is ready to play.
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President Zuma in a group picture with Cricket South Africa’s management team.
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Captain Graeme Smith is ready to steer the team to victory.
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Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula and Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola are hopeful that the team will make South Africa proud in the international tournament.
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Batsman AB de Villiers has represented the Proteas for a number of years, while Faf du Plessis makes his tournament batting debut in the green and gold.
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It’s all smiles in the government and Proteas camps.
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Kallis and Mbalula. Kallis is nicknamed King Kallis for his run scoring prowess.
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Zuma asks the team to win the cup for ailing former President Nelson Mandela.
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Zuma and Smith are in great spirits ahead of the Proteas’ Asian campaign.
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The boys in stylish blazers are set to rock south Asia.
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The Proteas World Cup squad comprises the best of local talent.
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Majola sharing a few words with captain Smith.
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Bowler Wayne Parnell and de Villiers exchanging thoughts.
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Batsman Hashim Amla is hoping to continue his good strike record.
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21-year-old Parnell, an all-rounder, is the youngest member of the 15-men squad.
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JP Duminy is an experienced left-handed batsman.
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Kallis and spin sensation Imran Tahir. Tahir is a Pakistan born cricketer who recently became a South African citizen and is now eligible to play for the Proteas. Selectors have roped him in to strengthen the team’s bowling department on the slower Indian wickets.
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Members of the management team.
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Smith and Morne Morkel, who has established himself as one of the world’s fastest bowlers.
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