No real ODI desire for Alviro

2013-09-12 15:00
Alviro Petersen (AP)

Potchefstroom - Alviro Petersen says he has no desire to make the Proteas' One Day squad.

"I don't want to change their (the selectors) minds at all," said Petersen after it was confirmed he would captain the Lions in all formats in the coming season.

Peterson had relinquished his captaincy role in December citing commitments to the national team, but returned to take the reigns in the domestic T20 series and led his side to victory in the competition in April.

"I'm happy to play Test cricket, I'm happy to play for the Lions," he said at training camp in Potchefstroom on Thursday.

"They know it... we've spoken about this for a year-and-a-half. I'm happy with where I am in my cricket career."

While Petersen has been left out of the Proteas ODI squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan in the UAE, he has been included in the Test squad.

With the Proteas T20 squad announcement set to be made after the Champions League Twenty20, Petersen said his players would be keen to impress the selectors as they head to India on Tuesday.

The Lions, runners up in the Champions League last season, will have the opportunity to showcase their talent in the tournament in India from September 17.

"It's every player's dream to play for his country," Petersen said.

"From a management point of view, it's good for us.

"You get some good performances from the guys because they're in the shop window."

The Lions lost Chris Morris to IPL side Chennai Super Kings and Petersen said a number of his players would also be looking to secure a lucrative contract like their team-mate.

"The Champions League is always one of those stages where the guys want to play well," Petersen said.

"There's also big IPL contracts that could come their way. We'd love to have more representatives in the national team. That's why we set up such a good culture and team ethic in our squad."

Petersen said he hoped the South African ODI team would be consistent in selection as was the case with the Test team.

"From a one day point of view, hopefully they can stay consistent," Petersen said.

"I see there are six changes in the ODI squad, but hopefully they can stay consistent and give the guys a long run.

"That's what you need as a player, and that's what our Test line-up has been set up around."

The Lions play their first Champions league on September 23 against the Perth Scorchers at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad.

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