Alonso puts family first

2012-07-26 11:53

London – Few players would turn down the chance to play in the ICC World Twenty20, but sometimes the “bright lights and glamour” of international cricket is not enough to turn heads.

According to the Evening Standard newspaper, Cape Town-born Alfonso Thomas has been in outstanding form for his English county Somerset in the shortest form of the game in recent years, and the Proteas investigated the possibility of him representing South Africa at the tournament in Sri Lanka later this year.

Thomas has played one T20 international for the Proteas (against Pakistan in 2007), but has decided against making himself available.

“At the age of 35 you have to think of family more than the bright lights and glamour,” he said.

“After a couple of days to think it through, I thought it was too big a gamble.”

The ICC World Twenty20 starts on September 18 with the Proteas drawn in the same group as hosts Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.


  • JamesLoretz - 2012-07-26 11:59

    Do you proof read your stuff before publishing? What does Alonso have to do with Alfonso?

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-26 12:02

      Poor, really poor...

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-26 13:57


  • robin.patterson.522 - 2012-07-26 13:35

    Unfortunately this radical drop in standards has become the norm !!!

  • richard.sloman.5 - 2012-07-26 14:11

    And yet after these comments its still not changed!

  • stefan.vosloo.33 - 2012-07-26 16:35

    Big difference between a cricket ball and a F1

      alma.willemse - 2012-07-26 22:06

      Or a soccer ball...

  • Andrew - 2012-07-26 17:14

    I'm divided on this...the cricket that is. On the one hand I see where he is coming from, but it is also his country! It would be a great swansong. Why not? World Cups are not the lights and glamour, that's the IPL.

  • lona.vezi - 2012-07-26 21:12

    n24 u r starting to annoy me. So many spelling errors. And misqoutes. To top it all u doing a repitition of articles under different headings.

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