Bangalore snares Kallis
Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer
Cape Town – Jacques Kallis will play for his “overseas” franchise, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, rather than domestic side the Warriors in the looming Airtel Champions League Twenty20 on South African soil.
That was confirmed in a media release on Tuesday from the tournament organisers, ahead of the 10-team event from September 10-26.
The Proteas star’s Port Elizabeth-based team, however, will earn compensation to the tune of US$200 000 (some R1.4m based on latest exchange rates) for not being able to field the veteran all-rounder themselves.
Dean Kino, CLT20 governing council member and director of legal and business affairs, said: “(Tournament) regulations stipulate that with Jacques Kallis, Ross Taylor and Cameron White playing for their Indian Premier League franchise instead of their home teams, RCB must compensate the Warriors, Central Stags (New Zealand) and Victorian Bushrangers (Australia) US$200 000 each respectively.”
It means that the long-time alliance at various levels between Kallis and his best friend Mark Boucher is broken up and they may encounter each other for rival teams at the event – the wicketkeeper/batsman will be available for the Warriors rather than the Challengers in this instance.
The Indian glamour outfit’s squad for the tournament includes other South Africans in Dale Steyn and Dillon du Preez.
Of the two South African teams in the competition, the Warriors (defending champions of the Standard Bank Pro20) look the slightly better equipped, featuring as they will Boucher, Ashwell Prince, Johan Botha, Rusty Theron, Makhaya Ntini, Lonwabo Tsotsobe and several other experienced campaigners.
The Highveld Lions, meanwhile, have a few big names of their own in Alviro Petersen, Thami Tsolekile, Zander de Bruyn, Neil McKenzie and Vaughn van Jaarsveld.
Household South African names featuring for other sides at the event are Albie Morkel (Chennai Super Kings) and JP Duminy and Ryan McLaren (both Mumbai Indians).
Airtel Champions League Twenty20 Final Squads:
Jon Jon Smuts
Chennai Super Kings
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Dillon Du Preez
Kusal Janith Perera
South Australian Redbacks