Johannesburg - Aaron Phangiso has been confirmed as the captain for the Highveld Lions for the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge.
Phangiso, who led the team to the play-offs in 2016, is
quietly confident in the team’s chances heading into the competition.
Sunfoil Series has been a humbling exercise with the guys. Many hours on
the field, many draws but a great opportunity to hone our skills," he said.
"We are very ready to head into the shortest format of the
game – my team is hungry and having the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine
Pretorius and Bjorn Fortuin in your bowling arsenal is a dream for any captain.
Add to that the batting skills of Rassie van der Dussen, Mangaliso Mosehle and
we have everything we need to challenge our opponents for the silverware."
The Lions Cricket Board have been encouraged by Phangiso’s
performance as captain in his inaugural outing in the previous edition of the
"Aaron has shown that he can lead the team in a decisive and
confident manner. We are confident in our decision to support him for this
competition and he is aware that we want to see a high level of execution of
his skills," said Highveld Lions Chairman, Monyane Nkagisang.
Head coach, Geoffrey Toyana, is excited by the young
inclusions in the squad. Players like Ryan Rickelton (GCB Strikers) and
Janneman Malan (NW Dragons) have been included.
"The development pipeline of
the Lions’ shareholders is exceptionally strong and we are spoiled for choice.
These players are showing a lot of promise and we look forward to giving them
the opportunity to experience the team environment as well as show their
skills," he said.
The Lions squad for the 2017 RAM SLAM T20
Aaron Phangiso (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, Reeza Hendricks,
Mangaliso Mosehle, Dwaine Pretorius, Nicholas van der Berg, Wiaan Mulder,
Kagiso Rabada, Marques Ackerman, Omphile Ramela, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran
Hendricks, Hardus Viljoen, Ryan Rickleton, Wihan Lubbe, Carmi le Roux and