Cape Town - Dale Steyn is raring to go to go for the second season of Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2.0, where he might just be bowling the first ball of the tournament when Cape Town Blitz open the campaign away to Jozi Stars at Wanderers Stadium next Friday, November 8.
In an impressive Blitz pace attack led by the 36-year-old tearaway Protea player – the tournament runner’s up from last year will also call on the raw talents of Anrich Nortje, the find from the previous edition.
This year, coach Ashwell Prince will also have new recruits in Sisanda Magala and Pakistan international marquee player, Wahab Riaz, available to him to complement an already formidable line-up that will contain the stars from 2018 in Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan and Asif Ali.
“Having a successful tournament is about finding the players that you can gel with. Teams that can bond the quickest tend to do the best. On paper, I don’t think we were the best team last year, but I thought that we played our best cricket and that is why we made the final,” said Steyn.
“If we can establish ourselves quickly in the tournament, we’ve got all of the makings of reaching the final again – to win it, will be fantastic.”
This will also be the first time that Steyn teams up with Wahab, having had a number of encounters against each other on the international scene. It will also be another chance to link up with Nortje, the new quick on the rise in South African cricket circles.
“I have played against Wahab a few times but never played in the same team as him,” Steyn said. “I love left-arm seamers. I love fast bowlers, they get me excited. It was ‘Arno’ (Nortje) last year and he bowled with rapid pace in the first MSL.”
Meanwhile, Blitz got an opportunity to visit the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality where they presented the Executive Mayor Dan Plato, with the team jersey as they announced their intent for the season.
“I am a fan of our Cape Town teams, and was deeply honoured to have been visited by the Blitz management team who will receive great support in the city, and wish them well for the second season of MSL2.0,” commented Plato.
Tickets for the matches are available across all Ticketpro (www.ticketpro.co.za) retail outlets around the country costing from R60 each, with discounts offered for scholars, students and pensioners.