Markram enjoyed a breakthrough international season, which saw him establish himself at the top of the order in the Test arena. The 23-year-old registered four centuries, including a titanic 143 against Australia in the recent 1st Sunfoil Test at Kingsmead.
The right-hander also captained the Standard Bank Proteas in the Momentum One-Day International Series against India, in the absence of Faf du Pleases, who was ruled out through injury.
Ngidi, meanwhile, announced his Test debut with match-winning figures of 1-51 and 6-39 respectively. The tearaway quick then went on to make his ODl debut, where he collected eight wickets in four matches, including career-best figures of 4-51.
CSA have reduced the number of contracted players from 21 to 18. Tabraiz Shamsi and Chris Morris retained their contracts and were named amongst eight Multiply Titans to be contracted for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Farhaan Behardien was among the players to lose their central-contract status.
“We made an exception last year in increasing the number of contracted players to 21 but this year we are comfortable that the normal standard number of 18 will be appropriate to maintain our national squads across all three formats,” said CSA Acting Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe. “This enables us to contract both our Test players as well as those who are limited overs specialists.
“Aiden and Lungi have both made an immediate impact on the international scene and this is a continuation of our policy of having a strong squad with a good mix of young and experienced world-class stars.”
Jacques Faul, Titans CEO, proudly added: “Congratulations to Aiden and Lungi, they thoroughly deserve it. They have been rewarded for their hard work and stand out performances.
“It is also testament to our pathway structures. Both players started at club level, coming through the Northerns side before going on to play for the franchise."
“To have 50% of the national squad be Titans players is a great achievement and a compliment to the current structures in place. We’ve created an environment where, if you come through it, you have a very good chance of playing for South Africa.”
CSA contracted Proteas players: Hashim Amla (WSB Cape Cobras), Temba Bavuma (WSB Cape Cobras), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), AB de Villiers (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (WSB Cape Cobras), Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Multiply Titans), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), David Miller (VKB Knights), Chris Morris (Multiply Titans), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Vernon Philander (WSB Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans), Dale Steyn (Multiply Titans).