Tabraiz Shamsi says he is ‘excited’ by the potential of talent in the Momentum One Day Cup squad, as the Multiply Titans embark on a run of five games in 10 days, starting on Friday night against the WSB Cape Cobras.
The lights blues travel to PPC Newlands with a number of fresh faces named in the 14-man squad, including Corbin Bosch, together with Gregory Mahlokwana and Bafana Mahlangu, who made his white-ball debut on Sunday.
Shamsi, who is amongst the leading wicket-takers in the competition, believes the upcoming matches will provide the perfect platform for the new players to make their mark.
“We have a lot of depth in our squad and we said from the beginning of the season that it will be a squad effort. It’s a great opportunity for different guys to put their hands up and I’m really excited to see what the new guys can do,” said Shamsi.
“We’re fully confident that whichever 11 take the park on Friday, they will do a good job for the team.”
“After a long hall last week, we has a couple of days off, so I don’t think there will be a lot of tinkering because we’ve put in a lot of work behind the scenes. It’s just about getting enough rest and putting in enough work in between ten days.”
“There won’t be a lot of opportunities to put in long training sessions as we’ll be playing and travelling back and forth. We’re feeling positive, everyone's done their work and you don’t become a bad batsman or bowler overnight, so everyone’s in good touch and we’re looking forward to the next few days.”
In the bowling department, Titans will not be able to call on the services of Lungi Ngidi, who has joined the South African Test squad ahead of the 2nd Test at SuperSport Park, meanwhile Junior Dala has been withdrawn from the squad after suffering a groin strain. This could provide an opportunity for pacemen Alfred Mothoa and Bosch, while Mahlokwana offers consideration with his leg-spin variation.
“I think the bowling unit has been unbelievable,” said Shamsi. “Yes there are a couple of changes, but you know its just an opportunity for different guys to put their hands up and you know it might just be the start of great things going forward.”
The Titans will go into the match on the back of a comprehensive bonus-point win over the Warriors, and currently occupy top spot of the log, with a game in hand over second-placed Cobras. And while Friday’s opponents have enjoyed success over the Titans in their most recent outing, having beaten them earlier this month at SuperSport Park, the hosts will be weary of the last time the two sides met in the 50-over competition on their home turf.
Henry Davids and Jonathan Vandiar shared a record-breaking partnership of 313 as the visitors went on to post a mammoth 400-5, before Shaun von Berg’s four for 65 played eased the Titans to victory by 158 runs.
“Traditionally Titans and Cobras have been two big teams since the franchise era started.” said Shamsi.
“They’re quite a strong side so it will be quite a good game.They’ve got guys like JP Duminy, Richard Levi, and even Aviwe Mgijima who have been amongst the runs. They’re an in form team and have been doing well, but we’ve also been doing well so I’m really excited about the game on Friday night.”
Multiply Titans squad to face the WSB Cape Cobras (from): Albie Morkel (c) Andrea Agathagelou, Farhaan Behardien, Corbin Bosch, Heinrich Klaasen, Bafana Mahlangu, Gregory Mahlokwana, Rivaldo Moonsamy, Alfred Mothoa, Tabraiz Shamsi, Malusi Siboto, Shaun von Berg, David Wiese.