Kallis, Boucher back in Cape

2011-06-21 13:41

Cape Town - Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis are to play their franchise cricket for the Cape Cobras this season.

Both Kallis and Boucher are grateful to the fans, fellow players and administrators for the manner in which they were welcomed and supported during their stint with the Warriors.

"Since the start of my cricket playing days, I have spent most of my domestic playing time with the Eastern Cape franchise and my heart holds a very special place for the people, the fans, the staff, my fellow cricketers and the coaches I have met and played with along the way.

For me the Warriors are one of the best run franchises in the country and Dave Emslie is a massive part of that. It was a huge and difficult decision for me to leave the Warriors but Cape Town is my home and I do need to be based there, to explore business opportunities for my future. Before returning to the Warriors, we had narrowly missed a couple of titles and I am extremely proud to have been part of the team that has earned some trophies. Thinking back on those celebrations brings back memories of great times" said Boucher.  

Jacques Kallis, CSA Player of the Year said "I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the best run franchise for the last couple of years. I am moving back to Cape Town to spend more family time at home but will take with me only good memories and experiences of my time spent at the Warriors. The framed picture showing the Warriors celebrating the MTN40 and Standard Bank pro20 victories in the 2009/10 season which I was sent, takes pride of place on my bar wall and I am pleased to have been part of those victories".

"We fully appreciate the respective positions of Jacques and Mark and thank them for their contribution to the efforts of the Warriors. Whenever they have played they have given a full commitment and in doing so proved to be  examples to our young cricketers that we are striving so hard to develop. In a sense their moving on creates welcome opportunities for our aspiring cricketers who we are sure will grab the opportunity and themselves be the Kallis's and Boucher's of the future." said Dave Emslie CEO.

Warriors squad for the 2011/12 season:

Bevan Bennett
Andrew Birch
Nicky Boje
Arno Jacobs
Davy Jacobs
Justin Kreusch
Garnett Kruger
Lyall Meyer
Makhaya Ntini
Jon-Jon Smuts
Kelly Smuts
Craig Thyssen
Basheer Walters
Reece Williams
Jerry Nqolo (Rookie contract)
David White (Rookie contract)
Aya Gqamane (Semi -Pro contract)
Athenkosi Dyili (Semi-Pro contract)

The Cricket SA contracted players who have nominated the Warriors as their franchise for the 2011/12 season are:

Johan Botha
Colin Ingram
Wayne Parnell
Ashwell Prince
Rusty Theron
Lonwabo Tsotsobe


  • Gazza69 - 2011-06-21 13:48

    Did Kallis ever play a game for the Warriors?

      Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-06-21 13:52

      Yes, he helped them get into last years CLT20. From semi final stages he helped the Warriors

  • Foofaraw - 2011-06-21 13:49

    Welcome back boys!

  • Jock Strap - 2011-06-21 13:51

    and I hear Kepler and Fanie de Villers will be playing for the Titans while Clive Rice and Jimmy Cook have signed for the Eagles

  • Staalbal - 2011-06-21 14:13

    Now the Cobras should be unstoppable if they field their best 11. Go Cobras!!

      Raeez - 2011-06-21 15:21

      Does that best 11 even include Smith?lol

      Logoll - 2011-06-21 16:07

      Well the Cobras are already the T20 and the 4 day champs, all we need to add to that is the one day trophy.

  • Orange - 2011-06-21 15:19

    Strange. Cobras don't win, Warriors do, and suddenly they're off like a shot to the Warriors. Warriors don't win, Cobras do, and suddenly they're back like a shot to the Cobras? Can we say Champions League T20 money chasers? They shouldn't be allowed to play. If you weren't on the books during the last season when qualification was achieved, then you don't qualify to play and earn the big money that's allegedly earned in these tournaments.

      chucky - 2011-06-21 15:35

      Orange, both the warriors and cobras will play in this years champions league as by playing in the domestic final you qualify so I dont think their decission had anything to do with playing in the champion's league.

      Anchorman - 2011-06-21 15:39

      @ orange they know they can't play Champions League the reason they left was because the former coach did not want t o chose them when they came back from international duty thats the reason they left the cobras

      Anchorman - 2011-06-21 15:42

      and I'm refering to the cobras coach

      Cereal-Killa77 - 2011-06-21 17:12

      Yeah it all had to do with that idiot Shukri Conrad, he drove them away by refusing to play them. Good riddance to Shukri!!!

      Jock Strap - 2011-06-22 13:40

      interesting observation...hmmmm

  • Caleb Moyce - 2011-06-22 08:22

    I think that these 2 should go...with boucher in the squad does that mean dane vilas plays 2nd fiddle as wicket keeper? Less space for up and coming talent through the cobras...trophies are great but development of YOUNG cricketers are MORE important

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