Cape Town - Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis believes that more one-day cricket should be played in Paarl after witnessing first-hand the massive support assemble at Boland Park in the ongoing Mzansi Super League (MSL).
Friday evening's T20 game saw just under 5 000 flood the gates of Boland Park as the Paarl Rocks defeated defending champions Jozi Stars.
The Paarl Rocks skipper commented on the dismal attendance figures thus far in the tournament.
"The competition is not producing a lot of big crowds, we are so grateful for the people in Paarl, I know they're hungry for cricket," Du Plessis told reporters following the match.
"It's not easy coming to watch every game of cricket, it takes a bit of effort and you can watch it on TV but we've really got some passionate fans."
The capacity at Boland Park during the MSL is reportedly only 6 500, so 4 850 that showed up on Friday created a 'close to full' atmosphere.
Du Plessis admitted that although the stadium is not entirely 'ready' to host Test cricket, he firmly believes that more one-day cricket should be played in Paarl.
"It's not impossible, it's proven with one-day cricket the ground staff do a good job, good wickets... (They're) probably not there yet in terms of other grounds in the country and the capacity," said Du Plessis.
"But what's happening over the last two years in Boland cricket, you can see how big this is and a step in the right direction.
"Now it's easy for me to suggest that more one-day cricket should be played in Boland because it's a good venue, has good facilities and very passionate people," he said.
"As South African players you want to go where there is support so if you get a ground like Paarl then of cause you want to take your cricket there."
Despite missing out on a bonus-point win on Friday, the Paarl Rocks currently sit third with 11 points on the MSL standings.
On Sunday, it's the much-anticipated Cape derby, which sees the Cape Town Blitz host the Rocks at Newlands.
Play gets underway at 10:00.
- Compiled by Lynn Butler