An elated Jacques Faul, Chief Executive Officer of the Multiply Titans, was in buoyant mood after 26 players from the Titans’ and Northerns’ squad were selected for the inaugural T20 Global League during the weekend’s combined draft at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town, underlining the Titans and Northerns’ dominant position in South African domestic cricket.
“Most members of our squad were picked for the T20 League, which will be beneficial to so many of the young players, as it will serve to develop their skills,” he proudly remarked.
Titans won the CSA T20 Challenge and the Momentum One Day Cup last season, while Northerns were triumphant in the CSA One-Day Challenge for semi-professional teams.
The Titans dominated the selections in the first round, where players at a base prized of $135 000 were selected at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town. Chris Morris was the first man to be selected, by the Durban Qalandars, with Morne Morkel (Pretoria Mavericks), Dale Steyn (Cape Town Knight Riders) and Albie Morkel (Benoni Zalmi) following in quick succession in round one.
Farhaan Behardien (Pretoria Mavericks), Aiden Markram (Nelson Mandela Bay Stars) and Tabraiz Shamsi (Stellenbosch Monarchs) followed them as Titans’ and Norherns’ players proved to be immensely popular at the draft.
Apart from 26 players of the Titans and Northerns, Grant Thompson of Easterns also made it into the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars team for 20 000 US dollar in round fourteen.
Russell Domingo, the Pretoria Mavericks’ coach, was full of praise for the strong team. He said there were several match-winning players who possessed the X-factor and who can transform the course of a game with a magnificent performance with bat or ball.
Those names include AB de Villiers, Dwayne Bravo, Morné Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, Dane Vilas and Robbie Frylinck.
“We have a very good mix of senior and young players and an excellent balance of batsmen and bowlers,” he said.
“In the first week, we have already experienced the family spirit of the franchise and the fantastically energizing owners,” he added.
The Mavericks boast some very good fast bowlers who will ask probing questions of all the teams, as Morkel is in the form of his life, while Steven Finn of England can operate at 145 km/h or faster.
The Titans have seen their younger players grabbed up quickly by other franchises, which include the exciting Thomas Kaber, wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen, the fast and furious Migael Pretorius and Rivaldo Moonsamy temporarily leave the Hennops River haven to sharpen their skills in the T20 Gobal League.
The Pretoria-based team do still boast the services of Eldred Hawken and Tony de Zorzi for the T20 league. Hawken was a revelation for the Multiply Titans in the Momentum One-Day Cup against the Lions, while De Zorzi averaged 79.20 in his first full season of first-class cricket, an indication of his class.
Pretoria Mavericks: AB de Villiers (local marquee), Dwayne Bravo (international marquee), Morné Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, Dane Vilas, Robbie Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Johan Botha,, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Steven Finn, Reeza Hendricks, Diego Rosier, Khaya Zondo, Eldred Hawken, Basheer Walters, Stephan Myburgh, Tony de Zorzi, Kyle Nipper.
Titans players picked at the draft: de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, dollars, Quinton de Kock, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Morné Morkel, Albie Morkel, Aiden Markram, Behardien, Tabraiz Shamsi, Klaasen, Shaun von Berg, Lungi Ngidi, David Wiese, Henry Davids, Junior Dala, Heino Kuhn, Migael Pretorius, Malusi Siboto, Dean Elgar, Thomas Karber, Eldren Hawken, Rowan Richards, Rivaldo Moonsam, Tony de Zorzi.