Cricket: Will the second SA20 series also be successful?

Henry

The table is set for Cricket South Africa’s (KSA) second SA20 cricket series which starts this week and which will feature South Africans and players from England, the West Indies, Afghanistan, a couple of Irishmen and a New Zealander.

The second series, 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.

This is a new generation of spectators, very few of whom have ever been to a test. There is no provincialism and actually they don’t care who wins or loses.

Rather, it’s an outlet, a four-hour escape from reality.

It’s about runs, about sixes and fours, about breathtaking fieldwork, about funny clothes, about music and dancing in the pavilions. When a spectator takes a catch in the pavilions or on the grass banks, he or she gets golden status, not the batsman who hit the ball.

The first series was a huge success and exceeded all expectations.

But who won the series?

Who cares, because how else can Quinton de Kock and Heinrich Klaassen play for the Durban Super Giants?

The Joburg Super Kings boast Faf du Plessis, Gerald Coetzee and Imran Tahir.

MI Cape Town will once again lean heavily on Kagiso Rabada, Dewald Brevis and Rassie van der Dussen.

David Miller, Lungi Ngidi and Dane Villas play for the Paarl Rocks; the Pretoria Capitals’ stars include Anrich Nortjé (even though he is still injured), Wayne Parnell, Migael Pretorius and Kyle Verreyne.

The Sunrisers’ stars are Aiden Markram, Tristan Stubbs and Marco Jansen.

Some of England’s best white-ball players such as Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Geoff Salt, Adil Rashid, Will Jacks, Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone, the West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran, Kyle Myers, Romario Shepherd and Kieron Pollard will be here, as well as Afghanistan ‘s Rashid Khan (who admittedly misses the first three matches).

This is what the teams look like: Durban Super Giants: Quinton de Kock, Prenelan Subrayen, Kyle Mayers, Naveen-ul-Haq, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Reece Topley, Jon-Jon Smuts, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Keemo Paul, Toni de Zorzi, Heinrich Klaassen, Wiaan Mulder, Noor Ahmad, Matthew Breeztke, Junior Dala, Bryce Parsons, Jason Smith, Nicholas Pooran.

Joburg Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Gerald Coetzee, Moeen Ali, David Wiese, Sam Cook, Zahir Khan, Leus du Plooy, Reeza Hendricks, Lizaad Williams, Nandré Burger, Donovan Ferreira, Aaron Phangiso, Sibonelo Makhanya, Kyle Simmonds, Wayne Madsen, Romario Shepherd, Dayyaan Galiem, Ronan Herrmann, Imran Tahir.

MI Cape Town: Kagiso Rabada, Dewald Brevis, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Rashid Khan, Tom Banton, Rassie van der Dussen, Delano Potgieter, Ryan Rickelton, George Linde, Beuran Hendricks, Duan Jansen, Olly Stone, Grant Roelofsen, Jofra Archer, Chris Benjamin, Nealan van Heerden, Thomas Kaber, Connor Esterhuizen, Kieron Pollard (only for three games).

Paarl Royals: David Miller, Jos Buttler, Obed McCoy, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi, Jason Roy, Andile Phelukwayo, Dane Vilas, Bjorn Fortuin, Mitchell van Buuren, Wihan Lubbe, Codi Yusuf, Evan Jones, Fabian Allen, Ferisco Adams, John Turner, Kwena Maphaka, Lhuan-Dre Pretorius, Lorcan Tucker.

Pretoria Capitals: Migael Pretorius, Anrich Nortjé, Jimmy Neesham, Rilee Rossouw, Colin Ingram, Senuran Muthusamy, Wayne Parnell, Theunis de Bruyn, Adil Rashid, Will Jacks, Eathan Bosch, Shane Dadswell, Corbin Bosch, Daryn Dupavillon, Kyle Verreynne, Matthew Boast, Paul Stirling, Phil Salt, Steve Stolk.

Sunrisers Eastern Cape: Aiden Markram, Ottniel Bartman, Dawid Malan, Liam Dawson, Marco Jansen, Tristan Stubbs, Sisanda Magala, Brydon Carse, Temba Bavuma, Sarel Erwee, Jordan Hermann, Aya Gqamane, Adam Rossington, Tom Abell, Craig Overton, Caleb Seleka, Beyers Swanepoel , Andile Simelane, Simon Harmer.

This week’s fixtures: Tuesday, 09 January: MI Cape Town t Paarl Royals (New Zealand), Wednesday, January 10: Durban Super Giants v Joburg Super Giants (Kingsmead). Thursday, 11 January: Sunrisers Eastern Cape v Pretoria Capitals (St. George Park). Friday, January 12: Paarl Royals v Joburg Super Kings (Boland Park), MI Cape Town v Durban Super Giants (New Zealand). Saturday, January 13: Pretoria Capitals t Sunrisers Eastern Cape (SuperSportpark), MI Cape Town t Joburg Super Kings (New Zealand). Sunday: January 14: Durban Super Giants v Paarl Royals (Kingsmead).