Cricket spotlight falls on SA20 tournament

Henry

Lights, camera and action: The SA20 tournament officially starts on Wednesday when the Sunrisers Eastern Cape take on the Joburg Super Kings at St. Georgepark play.

The second version of the tournament, which is the goose that must lay the golden eggs to help save South African cricket from a financial quagmire, will probably be very popular again and attract thousands of spectators.

According to the experienced Faf du Plessis, it is good for South African cricket when the country’s rising stars rub shoulders with international toughs.

“Over the years we have seen the difference the Indian Premier League (IPL) makes to India’s young players. It (the SA20 tournament) is, as it were, an excellent starting block for the future of South African cricket,” said the 39-year-old former Protea captain.

“Some of the players weren’t even born when I started playing. Precisely for this reason, the tournament’s superstars are very important for the tournament. Many of the players have only seen the younger guys on television.”

Some of the overseas players include Nicholas Pooran (Durban’s Super Giants), Moeen Ali (Joburg Super Kings), Rashid Khan (MI Cape Town) and James Neesham (Pretoria Capitals).

Additionally, Kieron Pollard will lead the Indians on the field.

“I enjoy Cape Town, Newlands and the team’s supporters and I would like to make a difference. We didn’t do as well as we would have liked last year and now we want to give the fans something to be proud of,” said Pollard.

The West Indian star indicated that he would also like to be a role model for the younger players in his group.

Terms (first ten games):

10 January: Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Joburg Super Kings

January 11: Durban’s Super Giants vs MI Cape Town

12 January: Paarl Royals against Pretoria Capitals

January 13: Joburg Super Kings vs MI Cape Town and Sunrisers Eastern Cape vs Durban’s Super Giants

14 January: Pretoria Capitals against Paarl Royals

January 15: Durban’s Super Giants vs Joburg Super Kings

January 16: MI Cape Town v Sunrisers Eastern Cape

17 January: Paarl Royals vs Joburg Super Kings

18 January: Pretoria Capitals against Durban’s Super Giants.