Cobras ready for quota rule
Paul Adams (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Cape Cobras coach Paul Adams says they are ready for the expected new quota rule to be enforced by Cricket South Africa.A report
in Friday's Cape Times
indicates that franchise teams will be forced to field at least one black African player in their starting line-ups from Round 2 of the One-Day Cup.
Teams will reportedly also be rewarded financially if they field more than one black African player on a consistent basis.
This follows a proposal that came out of the sport’s Transformation Indaba held in Johannesburg last month. The initial proposal was for teams to teams to field at least two black African players in their starting teams, but that is likely to be reduced to one as squads for the new season - which starts on Friday - have already been finalised.
The Cobras and the Titans kick-start the domestic season with a one-day match in Centurion today and Adams said they have their ducks in a row regarding the quota rule.
They have subsequently brought in black players Siya Simetu
and Omphile Ramela for the clash against the Titans.
“Siya and Omphie have been part of our set-up for some time now and the guys are all working together and know what is expected of them," Adams told the Cape Cobras website
Cobras CEO Andre Odendaal said they are fully behind the new proposed ruling.
“We support this fast-tracking initiative, even if it comes with practical short-term challenges. It is the right thing to do and we are confident Omphile, a real leader, and Siya Simetu
are going to make solid contributions to the squad.”Cobras squad for Friday's game:Dane Vilas
(wicketkeeper), Andrew Puttick
, Stiaan Van Zyl, Justin Ontong
(captain),Mohammed Vallie, Justin Kemp
, Dane Piedt
, Johann Louw
, Siya Simetu
, Charl Langeveldt
, Beuran Hendricks
, Omphile Ramela, Shaheen Khan