Cape Town Blitz coach Ashwell Prince believes Dale Steyn will be raring to go when the Mzansi Super League gets under way next month.
Steyn, along with fellow Proteas Quinton de Kock, Farhaan Behardien and “million-rand man” Andile Phehlukwayo will miss the opening stage of the MSL T20 due to their national commitments in Australia.
But Prince is confident the 36-year-old fast bowler will return brimming with energy and desperate to prove a point.
“I think one of the most powerful players to have in your team is an experienced player who has been around the block, but who still has a goal.
“And right now, that goal for him (Steyn) obviously would be to get into that World Cup squad,” he said.
“It is very difficult when you have a senior statesman that doesn’t have much to play for anymore, but with Dale Steyn, he is a thorough professional.
“He has one eye on that World Cup, and I think he will definitely have his eye on doing well to achieve that goal.”
Steyn, along with Phehlukwayo and De Kock, will certainly be the poster-boys of the Blitz, but it may just be the unheralded players within the squad that could prove to be the match-winners.
The acquisition of England batsman Dawid Malan raised many an eyebrow, but Prince believes the 31-year-old left-hander could play a vital role going forward.
“A lot of people may have been surprised by the pick. Maybe not as well known as the other players, but what we had to consider was the availability of the overseas players.
“Most of the guys are only available from December 4 until the end of the tournament, effectively missing seven out of the 10 games,” Prince said.
“We couldn’t take that risk. From a team environment point of view, you also want as little distractions as possible in terms of players coming in and going out.
“There were only two of the overseas players available pre-and-post the T10 event.”
The Blitz mentor also knows to attract the Newlands faithful through the turnstiles, his team need to play an exciting brand of cricket.
He has no doubt his charges will go out there and entertain, starting with the tournament opener against the Tshwane Spartans at Newlands on November 16.
“We want to play exciting cricket. Quinton de Kock is our marquee player, and we know the flair that he plays the game with.
“And hopefully the team will follow. We have a youthful team, and the boys will be vibrant in the field.”