The Final Count: Mzansi, here are your Super League squads!
Domestic / 17 October 2018, 3:23pm / Ashfak Mohamed
CAPE TOWN – Meetings went on until 3am as the management teams of the six Mzansi Super League outfits tried to identify the best possible targets in each round of the player draft.
And before they knew it, it was all over at Montecasino on Wednesday, with 16 players each at the Cape Town Blitz, Paarl Rocks, Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Durban Heat, Jozi Stars and Tshwane Spartans.
While six top SA players – Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Hashim Amla, Kagiso Rabada and AB de Villiers – were allocated on Tuesday, the real fun took place on Wednesday in Johannesburg.
The Durban Heat got the ball rolling and went for what could be a really shrewd choice in the bigger scheme of things, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, who is No 1 on the T20 rankings.
Khan could be a real handful towards the end of the competition, when pitches may be more conducive to spin, as he won’t be available for a part of the competition – like the other international marquee players, who are all involved in the T10 League in the UAE from November 23 to December 2.
With the MSL starting on November 16 and finishing on December 16, the internationals may only play at the start and business end of the competition.
So, looking at the six squads, the Durban Heat look like the best balanced for T20 cricket. There are a number of big-hitters such as David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Albie Morkel and Morné van Wyk, along with stylish batsmen like Hashim Amla, Khaya Zondo and Temba Bavuma.
A strong bowling attack is led by Proteas Test star Vernon Philander, and complemented by Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Morkel, Marchant de Lange and impressive Zimbabwean spinner Brandon Mavuta, who bowled well against the Proteas recently.
But have a look at the respective squads, and let us know who your favourites are…
Mzansi Super League Squads
Cape Town Blitz: Quinton de Kock, Dawid Malan (England), Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Samuel Badree (Windies), Asif Ali (Pakistan), Farhaan Behardien, Anrich Nortjé, Janneman Malan, Malusi Siboto, George Linde, Ferisco Adams, Jason Smith, Sibonelo Makhanya, Kyle Verreynne (rookie), Dane Piedt.
So excited to be part of the @CT_Blitz team for the @MSL_T20 can’t wait to get over to Cape Town, join the boys and get stuck in.😊🏏
Jozi Stars: Kagiso Rabada, Chris Gayle (Windies), Dane Vilas (kolpak), Rassie van der Dussen, Daniel 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.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants: Imran Tahir, Jason Roy (England), Chris Morris, Jon-Jon Smuts, Junior Dala, Christiaan Jonker, Aaron Phangiso, Ben Duckett (England), Sisanda Magala, Ryan McLaren, Heino Kuhn, Marco Marais, Dyllan Matthews (rookie), Lizaad Williams, Rudi Second, Carmi le Roux.
Tshwane Spartans: AB de Villiers, Eoin Morgan (England), Lungi Ngidi, Robbie Frylinck, Jeewan Mendis (Sri Lanka), Theunis de Bruyn, Rory Kleinveldt, Sean Williams (Zimbabwe), Gihahn Cloete, Lutho Sipamla (rookie), Tony de Zorzi (rookie), Dean Elgar, Andrew Birch, Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe), Shaun von Berg, Eldred Hawken.
From Cape Town to Centurion.a new era begins for all-rounder Rory Kleinveldt. #VanOns.