Ontong ruled out of CPL action for knee op


South Africa batsman Justin Ontong has been ruled out of the Caribbean Premier League due to an operation to attend to cartilage damage to his knee.

Ontong would have represented the Barbados Tridents, but due to the operation, which will keep him out of action for six weeks, he will not join his Cobras colleague Robin Peterson for the Premier League.

Ontong was disappointed upon hearing that he was not included in the T20-squad for the tour of Bangladesh, but he was undaunted by the setback.

"I will be back, and I will give my all for the Cobras," he said.

Ontong has been a stalwart for the Cape Cobras and South Africa A the past three seasons, and has led the A-team to unofficial Test series-wins against Australia in 2013 and 2014.

He was also at the helm for the Cobras when they won the franchise double in 2012/2013 and 2013/2014.

Ontong wanted to use the Caribbean experience to attract the attention of the national T20-selectors, but hopes he can bolster his international re-selection while representing the South Africa A-team in India.

A feature of Ontong’s career has been his longevity. He first represented South Africa in January 2002 in a test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.  In January 2015, Ontong captained South Africa in a T20-International against the West Indies, which was the most recent of his 44 international games in all three formats.

In 172 first-class games, the 36-year old stylist has scored 10 374 runs at an average of 41.16.