Cape Town - Aiden Markram has been named as Titans
captain for the Sunfoil Series, replacing Henry Davids, who elected to stand
down after five seasons in charge of the four-day side.
Markram enjoyed a breakthrough first-class debut
season in 2016/17, having amassed 565 runs at an average of 51.36, including
two centuries and two fifties.
The 22-year-old will also serve as vice-captain for both
limited-over competitions, under current captain Albie Morkel.
Markram has previous captaincy experience, having led
South Africa Under 19s to World Cup glory in 2014.
he captained the South Africa 'A' four-day side against the England Lions
in June, before leading the side against India 'A' in last month’s two-match
The opening batsman says he is looking forward to the
challenge of his maiden season in charge.
"It's a massive honour for me as a
young player to lead the quality players that are among the Titans squad," said Markram.
"There's plenty of experienced players in the changing room, so I will try and
absorb as much information from them as possible to ensure the team goes in the
"Henry was brilliant in what he did - he's a great
leader and there are a few attributes I will look to take from him. I am young
and I will make mistakes but as long as I can keep experienced players close to
me, I believe that I will make enough right decisions."
Markram has experienced a whirlwind past 12
months, which culminated in his call-up to the Proteas Test
squad against England during the winter months, but says his
thoughts are focused on the Titans.
"I will always have the team's interest at
heart and as long as the team does well, I will be happy. The goal will
be to win the Sunfoil Series. We missed out on it last year and if I look at
the cricket we played, I think we have more in the tank and I believe if we
play to our potential as a side we will be challenging for the trophy."
Titans head coach, Mark Boucher, believes
Markram is a natural fit to lead the domestic team in the longer format and
expects him to draw on his past experiences as captain.
"He's got a background of being a leader and I believe
Aiden has all the right attributes to take the Titans forward into the
new season. Certain cricketers play better when they are leaders and I believe
Aiden is one of those players.
"He is well respected, both as a cricketer and as an
individual. You look around the changing room and there are seven or eight
players who are the future of the Titans and he's the guy who will be the
leader - he understands everyone in the team, which is very important.
"Henry has been fantastic as captain and a great
player for the Titans over the years. He understands that it is time for new
ideas and that there is now a chance for the younger guys to push through.
"He's still got a massive role to play, being a past
captain he will understand the pressures of captaincy and he will certainly
guide Aiden along," concluded Boucher.
The Titans play against the Dolphins at SuperSport Park from September 19 to 22.
Markram (captain), Farhaan
Behardien, Junior Dala, Henry
Davids, Quinton de
Kock, Tony de
Zorzi, Faf du
Plessis, Dean Elgar, Morne
Siboto, Jonathan Vandiar