JOHNNESBURG – The Mzansi Super League has been with us in its most pragmatic form for two weeks. By pragmatic, I mean there’s actually cricket happening, something that didn’t occur with its predecessor.
Depending on where you stand, it’s either been non-existent or, as one TV commentator keeps telling viewers, a competition that “has captured the imagination of the South African public”.
If the South African public is Paarl and Boland Park, then sure, the MSL has captured the imagination of the public. However, Paarl doesn’t speak for or represent the whole of the country.
I was at the Wanderers last Saturday and everything the marketing types at Cricket SA would want from the Mzansi Super League was on display: Kagiso Rabada to Quinton de Kock, Dale Steyn to Reeza Hendricks, a table-topping team in the Cape Town Blitz at the Bullring, a handful of quality fast bowlers... there really was a lot to like ahead of the game.
And then only 3664 went through the Wanderers turnstiles that evening. That’s 1232 fewer people than went to the opening match at the Wanderers a week earlier. Hardly “capturing the imagination of the South African public”, is it?