He is arguably the hottest property when it comes to fast bowling in world cricket, but Proteas star Kagiso Rabada is glad that he will be able to enjoy the comforts of home in the Mzansi Super League.
Rabada was chosen as the Proteas marquee player for the Jozi Stars in the MSL, and following Wednesday’s player draft at Montecasino, he is positive that his team’s squad is a solid one that can compete for the title.
Apart from Rabada, the Stars will call on explosive West Indies opener Chris Gayle, Proteas batsmen Reeza Hendricks and Rassie van der Dussen and Australian all-rounder Dan Christian.
There are other experienced domestic stalwarts such as Dane Vilas, Pite van Biljon, Beuran Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius Eddie Leie and Duanne Olivier that will provide the backbone of the side behind the above-mentioned stars.
A number of the players are or have played for the Lions, so the Wanderers will be familiar to them.
“It’s always convenient when you can just stay in your home town. I’m very blessed, as I haven’t had to move away from Johannesburg, and this is where I started my career. So, I’m very happy to be home,” Rabada told Cricket South Africa on Wednesday.
“I think you’ve got guys who are familiar with the environment, and the conditions. So, it’s only going to help. You don’t have people building up to adjusting. Perhaps the only thing to adjust to are the different bowlers, or playing against your own (franchise) teammates.
“It gels the team even more when there are more local players.”
The Mzansi Super League will start on November 16, and while Rabada may miss the first few days due to the Proteas tour of Australia that ends on November 17, he has urged the public to get behind the event.
“I think we’ve got really good names who are playing – a lot of the world’s best.
“Entertainment is going to be unending, so I just hope that people can get notified about it and just watch it. And when they do watch it, they will like it, and the sport of cricket will go.”
Jozi Stars Squad
Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle (West Indies), Dane Vilas (Kolpak), Rassie van der Dussen, Dan Christian (Australia), Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Eddie Leie, Pite van Biljon, Duanne Olivier, Ryan Rickelton, Sinethemba Qeshile (rookie), Simon Harmer (Kolpak), Calvin Savage, Alfred Mothoa.