Cape Town - Proteas middle-order batsman Farhaan Behardien will lead the
Cape Town Blitz in the inaugural Mzansi Super League, head coach Ashwell Prince
Behardien, who has played 32 international T20 matches, is
no stranger to the captaincy role as he captained the Proteas for 3 T20
Internationals against Sri Lanka in 2017.
Given the demands of the highly pressurised environment,
Behardien - affectionately known to his peers as Fudgie - will look to create a
relaxed environment where players take accountability and ownership while
"It's an honour and a privilege being called on to lead
the Cape Town Blitz. The game itself is high pressured, so the team culture and
environment need to be relaxed and light-hearted," Behardien said.
"Everybody in the group must grow and make their own
decisions in pressure situations. I'll try to guide some of the younger guys in
tough situations but will lean on Quinton de Kock and Dale Steyn for
assistance, where needed.
"Being a Cape Town boy does not add any further
pressure to the role of captain whatsoever. The plan is to approach this
competition to have some fun with the Cape Town Blitz."
Prince stated that it was not an easy decision to make and
considered knowledge of the opposition as a key aspect.
"I feel it is really important for the captain to have
a great deal of knowledge of the opposition players and that tilted things into
Fudgie's favour. He's played a lot of cricket against most of the opposition
players," Prince said.
"Obviously, [Marquee Protea] Quinton de Kock and
[International Marquee] Dawid Malan were also considered for the captaincy
The 35-year-old Behardien is currently in Australia with the
Proteas for a 3-match ODI Series and a one-off T20 and will miss the home match
against the Tshwane Spartans (November 16) and the Durban Heat (November 18) in
Prince was still undecided about who will lead the team for
those matches but said that Malan, who currently captains Middlesex in England,
will "probably" captain the team.
Cape Town Blitz hosts the Tshwane Spartans at Newlands for
the opening match of the Mzansi Super League on November 16.