Amid T20 taking over conventional cricket, the newfangled SA20 League is all set to get underway and players are ecstatic about it. SA20 is all set to be established early next year. A few months ago, Cricket South Africa compelled the entire cricketing community by auctioning off over 100 candidates.
A total of six teams, namely, Joburg Super Kings, Paarl Royals, Durban’s Super Giants, Pretoria Capitals, Sunrisers Eastern Cape, and MI Cape Town, will be the face of the league for the initial season. All these teams are owned by franchise owners of the fabled Indian Premier League (IPL).
Quinton de Kock, the South African opener, has also expressed his exhilaration for the league. The wicket-keeper batter will represent Durban Super Giants in the league, which is the counterpart of Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL.
De Kock, known for his alluring hand-eye-coordination and agricultural pick-up flick, was amongst the five players that were roped in by the Durban-base franchise prior to the auction. The players were Jason Holder, who also represents Lucknow Super Giants in IPL, Kyle Mayers, Reece Topley, and Prenelan Subrayen.
I am Looking Forward to the Unexpected: Quinton de Kock
The high-sounding SA20 has been emphasized by Quinton de Kock, who claims it will be one of the biggest events in the history of franchise cricket. The new players advancing through the ranks in the domestic circuit would get mobility due largely to the tournament, the wicketkeeper continued.
The Southpaw said, “Pretty much, it’s a new tournament, so. I guess looking forward to the unexpected, we have had a couple of these tournaments and there hasn’t been one in a while. Obviously, it’s quite a big event. I think this could be one of the bigger events in the local franchise system.”
SA20, like every other franchise league in the world, would furnish an indispensable platform for youngsters to exhibit their prowess. The likes of Tristan Stubbs and Dewald Brevis would attain the feasibility to play under the shadows of greats like Quinton de Kock, Jos Buttler, and many more.
Talking about the exposure youngsters would receive from SA20, he added, “A lot of youngsters, who haven’t been part of the big tournament will be involved in this, so it will be good for the new guys and obviously for the guys who have been around in serving cricket. This is also new for us, so this would be amazing another new competition, so I can’t wait.”
The RPSG-owned franchise would play their initial fixture against Joburg Super Kings on 11th January at Kingsmead. Meanwhile, the tournament commences a day earlier when MI Cape Town and Paarl Royals would lock horns with each other.
Complete Durban Super Giants Squad
Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Keemo Paul, Keshav Maharaj, Kyle Abbott, Junior Dala, Prenelan Subrayen, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Reece Topley, Dwaine Pretorius, Dilshan Madushanka, Johnson Charles, Matthew Breetzke, Christiaan Jonker, Wiaan Mulder, and Simon Harmer.