Cape Town - Port Elizabeth-born Dutch-South African batsman Ryan ten
Doeschate has been drafted by the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants as the replacement
for Farhaan Behardien, for the rest of the 2019 Mzansi Super League (MSL)
Behardien was ruled out of the tournament following an
injury, after having played two games for the Giants.
Ten Doeschate has represented the Netherlands national team
at both One-Day International and T20 International level and was
instrumental in helping his team quality for the T20 World Cup this year.
The Giants are currently log leaders and are looking to
retain their position with the addition of Ten Doeschate.
Ten Doeschate said Port Elizabeth was the one
single place he fell in love with cricket.
"I spent so much time watching cricket in the 1980s in Port
Elizabeth," he said in a press release.
"It's now an utter privilege that I get to play with a team
that is doing so well in this tournament."
Ten Doeschate said, having played numerous T20 games around
the world and having played against some of the key players in the MSL
tournament means he brings much knowledge of the game that he would love to
share with his team-mates.
"I think it's going to be absolutely fantastic and I am
really looking forward to it."
Coach Eric Simons said the team had a very specific structure
going into the tournament with the aim of covering all bases in terms of
ability and skill.
"When we lost Farhaan we obviously lost a specific talent and
we thus needed to find someone who could bring that to the game," said Simons.
"We needed someone who can access the boundaries and perform
much like the way we've seen with Heino Kuhn.
"Ryan brings with him significant experience, calmness and
he's a leader," Simons said.
The next Nelson Mandela Bay Giants game is at
17:30 on Wednesday against Paarl Rocks at St George's Park in Port
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