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‘We have got a good squad that will do well in South African conditions’ – Jacques Kallis on the composition of the Pretoria Capitals squad

The first edition of the South Africa T20 league is slated to be played in January-February next year.
Jaques Kallis
Jaques Kallis- Source (Twitter)

The 1st season of the SA 20 will take place in January-February next year. There was a lot of buzz for this new T20 League as the auction took place a few days earlier, where a lot of the cream of South African cricket and big overseas stars were taken by teams via the auction process. One among the six teams in the tournament is Pretoria Capitals.

They have a good mix of South Africa and overseas players in their ranks, namely Wayne Parnell, Anrich Nortje, Kusal Mendis, Cameron Delport etc. The team will be coached by the trio of Jacques Kallis, Graham Ford and Dale Benkenstein.

With the dust having settled on the auction, head coach Ford said, “The auction was quite an experience, it was fun but stressful. I think at the end of the day I think we’re pretty happy with how things happened. All in all, with the money we had, we’ve done pretty well.”

Talking about some of the big names in the squad, Ford said, “Rilee Rossouw has been fantastic over the last couple of years, internationally and at the franchise level. Left hand batter who is highly explosive and dominant. It’s a huge local signing and something to get really excited about. And then there’s Theunis de Bruyn, who at the domestic level has been superb over a good period. They are two standout players.”

The Capitals’ batting coach Kallis, who is currently in India taking part in the legends league, believes the team have their bases covered. “We’ve got a nice balance of experience and youth, some exciting players. We have a well-balanced squad and most of our bases are covered. I am confident that we’ve got a good squad that take on all conditions that will be there in South Africa and be successful. A lot of hard work has gone into the squad from behind the scenes from the management and staff. The guys are really excited about the players we have got and they’re excited to start the season.”

We want our team to be close knit unit- Jaques Kallis

Shedding light on the style of coaching, Kallis said, “When you work with a team for a month or so, it’s very difficult to make big changes and it’s more about giving us options and going through their roles, being very clear on that. For me it’s about gelling as a team and playing some good entertaining cricket that the crowds will enjoy and people will come and watch. And above all, have fun as teammates, and that’s when teams tend to do well, when the guys are having fun.”

The full Squad of Pretoria Capitals

Number  Player Name   Role   Value (SA Rand)  Country  
1 Anrich Nortje Bowler Signed before Auction South Africa
2 Migael Pretorius Bowler Signed before Auction South Africa
3 Rilee Rossouw Batter 6.9 million South Africa
4 Wayne Parnell All-rounder 5.6 million South Africa
5 Theunis de Bruyn Batter 1 million South Africa
6 Jimmy Neesham All-Rounder 3.6 million New Zealand
7 Kusal Mendis Wicket-keeper 425,000 Sri Lanka
8 Adil Rashid Bowler 2.4 million England
9 Phil Salt Wicket-keeper 2 million England
10 Josh Little Bowler 1.5 million Ireland
11 Will Jacks Batter 1.1 million England
12 Shaun Von Berg All-rounder 325,000 South Africa
13 Cameron Delport Batter 800,000 South Africa
14 Marco Marais Batter 175,000 South Africa
15 Daryn Dupavillon Bowler 1.7 million South Africa
16 Shane Dadswell Batter 175,000 South Africa
17 Eathan Bosch All-Rounder 175,000 South Africa


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