Sport / 13 November 2018, 8:00pm / Mercury Reporter
Durban – Durban born-and-raised all-rounder Prenelan Subrayen has been added to the Durban Heat squad for the upcoming Mzansi Premier League as cover for two spinners that will only be joining the team later in the tournament.
With star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan only due to arrive in December and Zimbabwean spinner Brandon Mavuta also joining the squad midway through the campaign, coach Grant Morgan felt the need for an extra spinner, and turned to the trusty Tongaat-born Subrayen.
"Subs is the ideal man to slot into this gap," said Morgan of the 25-year-old spinner, who has taken 39 T20 wickets at an average of 25,44 and bats at a strike rate of 119,33.
"He was always figuring in our plans since before the draft, as he ticks all the boxes. He is an excellent white ball bowler, he bats really well and he is a very good fielder.
"Just as important to us, we really want to give these opportunities to our loyal players, so I am over the moon to be able add him to our squad.
"He has fully recovered from the finger injury he picked up recently and came through his last match well," said Morgan.
"He sometimes misses out when Imran Tahir is with us and we don't pick three spinners, so it is great to get him involved with the Durban Heat," he added.
"I am so happy to be added to the Durban Heat squad," said Subrayen. "As a Durban guy I was naturally hoping to make the Durban Heat franchise, and I really want to be able to contribute wherever I can.
"I will treat it as just another game. I get the same butterflies when I walk onto the field.
"I am excited for this tournament because I think it will take white ball cricket in this country to a whole new level," he said.
He added that he was looking forward to seeing the Durban cricket fans rallying behind the team.
"As players we love that vibe that a big crowd brings to Kingsmead, and I am sure our home games are going to be like that,"
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Durban Heat Fixtures: 18 Nov 11:00 Durban Heat v Cape Town Blitz Kingsmead, Durban 21 Nov 14:00 Durban Heat v Tshwane Spartans Kingsmead, Durban 23 Nov 19:00 Nelson Mandela Giants v Durban Heat St George's, Port Elizabeth 28 Nov 19:00 Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks Kingsmead, Durban 30 Nov 19:00 Jozi Stars v Durban Heat Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 02 Dec 11:00 Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl 05 Dec 19:00 Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Giants Kingsmead, Durban 07 Dec 14:00 Durban Heat v Jozi Stars Kingsmead, Durban 09 Dec 15:30 Cape Town Blitz v Durban Heat PPC Newlands, Cape Town 12 Dec 19:00 Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat SuperSport Park, Centurion
Durban Heat Squad: Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Vernon Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morné van Wyk, Okuhle Cele, Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako, Prenelan Subrayen.