CAPE TOWN – The Titans’ pre-season trip to the Seychelles may have looked like a holiday jaunt, however it was anything but according to the franchise’s captain, Heinrich Klaasen.
“We were up every morning at six o’ clock, we did coaching clinics, played a game, trail running and then obviously there was a lot of team building,” Klaasen explained. “We only had about an hour or two to ourselves each day. So there wasn’t a lot of free time.”
It certainly was different and by various accounts the Titans were popular guests, with their game against a local team attracting a big and enthusiastic crowd. The foundation it will provide for the rest of their season will be significant.
The Titans will start the 2018-19 season with a big target on their backs once again. They’ve been the domestic T20 champions for the last three years, and over the course of the last two seasons have picked up four of the six trophies on offer across various formats.
They have supplied a significant chunk of talent to the national team, something that from the team’s perspective is both a tribute and a hindrance.
“There are few opportunities, and the performances from our amateur teams is very strong... it is a struggle sometimes when all the Proteas are available, but that is part of the franchise. There is a reason we have so many national players, we are, I reckon, one of the strongest domestic sides in the world,” Klaasen said.
Klaasen’s opinion about his team will be tested when the Titans, as winners of the domestic T20 tournament last season, represent South Africa at the Abu Dhabi T20 tournament against teams from other T20 leagues next month.