Pretoria - The Titans have revealed the names of their contracted players for the 2018/19 season - and it is a seriously impressive list.
The franchise announced a list of 18 contracted players, while they also boast eight further names who are contracted Proteas.
It leaves coach Mark Boucher with easily the most star-studded squad in South African domestic cricket.
Theunis de Bruyn has re-joined the franchise from the Knights while paceman Tshepo Moreki has signed for the first time. Rookie contracts have also been awarded to Corbin Bosch and Wandile Makwetu.
Malusi Siboto has left the Titans, following the expiry of his contract, while Rowan Richards has been released from the franchise.
“It is an exciting squad,” said Boucher.
“The squad is a good balance of youth and experience and definitely one that has the potential to defend our two trophies and possibly put us in a position to win all three competitions.”
Pretoria-born De Bruyn returns to familiar surroundings at SuperSport Park, after a two-year stint with the Knights. Having started his cricketing career at the Centurion franchise, the 25-year-old will bring international experience, following his Test and T20 International debuts last year.
“Theunis is a very good player and a very dominant batsman. We saw an opening in our batting line-up and believe Theunis can definitely strengthen our batting unit. Not only is it a massive benefit to have him in our batting line-up, but his pace bowling will add another dimension,” said Boucher.
An all-format player, Moreki has featured in over 100 games at provincial and franchise level combined, garnering 150 wickets in the process. And it was during last season's four-day game against the Titans, that the 24-year-old seamer caught Boucher’s attention.
“Tshepo is a promising talent. I was really impressed with the way he bowled against us in Paarl. I love his attitude on the field, he’s fit and is hungry to play, so I am looking forward to see what he can bring with the ball,” said Boucher of the Titans' newest acquisition.
Right-arm seamer Bosch, a product of the Northerns pipeline, has been on the fringe of the team, having made his debut with the red and white ball last season. The 23-year-old paceman has made six appearances so far, and was a part of the squad that won a dramatic Sunfoil Series title.
Makwetu, meanwhile, arrives at the franchise on the back of an impressive summer behind the stumps and at the crease. The 19-year-old wicketkeeper starred at the U-19 ICC World Cup earlier this year, before going on to make his First-Class and List A debut for Northerns.
“Corbin is a player who has been on the cusp of selection, having sprung out a little bit later than others. He’s started bowling very quickly and there is a lot of potential in his batting as well, so there’s an all-rounder that we can work with,” commented Boucher.
“Wandile is an exciting prospect for the franchise. Watching him perform on the big stage in the Under-19 World Cup proves he can handle pressure situations. He has a lot of talent and we will aiming to nurture that talent this season.”
Full Titans 2018/19 squad:
Andrea Agathangelou, Farhaan Behardien, Corbin Bosch, Junior Dala, Henry Davids, Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi, Eldred Hawken, Heinrich Klaasen, Heino Kuhn, Wandile Makwetu, Tshepo Moreki, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Albie Morkel, Alfred Mothoa, Grant Thomson, Jonathan Vandiar, Shaun von Berg
CSA contracted players:
Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn