Johannesburg - Five franchise players have earned call-ups to the Proteas for the first time during the course of the past 12 months, and in every case the hard yards have been earned in the various domestic competitions.
The players in this group are David Miller, Rusty Theron, Colin Ingram, Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir. To this list can be added the name of Morne van Wyk, who earned a recall after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
This does both confirm that the domestic game is alive and well, and also that there is a world of opportunity for the ambitious and determined.
In spite of the absence of the 15 members of the nominated Standard Bank ODI squad for the World Cup, there will still be a wealth of both established and emerging talent on display in the Standard Bank Pro20 Competition, which starts with the fixture between the Nashua Titans and the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras at Sahara Park Newlands on Friday evening.
There are, in fact, 9 cricketers who have earned contracts for this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League who will be in action. That includes uncapped players of the calibre of Davy Jacobs, Rilee Rossouw, Jonathan Vandiar and Robbie Frylinck.
They will be able to measure their talents in this format against some of the game’s acknowledged heavyweights, such as Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Jacques Rudolph, Albie Morkel and Roelof van der Merwe, all of whom will be in action in the competition opener.
The scene is indeed set for some high quality cricket with plenty at stake. Domestic cricket opens the gateway to Proteas’ selection and also to exciting experiences in the Champions’ League and in the Indian Premier League