Robin Peterson In Pro20 squad??

Strangely it seems Robin Peterson would prefer to play Pro20 Cricket than tour India?? Thats the case if The Official Cricket South Africa website is to be believed. Apparently he is turning out for the Warriors against Zimbabwe on Tuesday night! He has stayed behind for personal reasons (birth of his child – so maybe he will play) and is supposed to be joining the team early on Wednesday morning.

This is taken directly form the article: ”In the opening match at Sahara Oval St George’s in Port Elizabeth tomorrow, Zimbabwe Chevrons will face a fired up Chevrolet Warriors team, who will be looking to quickly erase the memories of losing last week’s MTN Domestic Championship final to Nashua Titans at SuperSport Park.

The Warriors will be at full strength with the likes of this year’s leading List A wicket-taker, Rusty Theron, left-arm spinner, Robin Peterson, fellow spinner, Johan Botha and the opening pair of Sinethemba Mjekula and Lonwabo Tsotsobe.”

 To read more click here

SA Emerging Squad

This tournament is a benchmark to get the fringe players into the National side and has helped players like Philander make a name for himself. SA has performed well in this competition – often SA have taken players with international experience which generally the other sides don’t have. Watch out for Wayne Parnell fresh from the u19 World cup. Dean Elgar is a definite up and coming youngster to watch and Henry Davids has had the season of his life.

“We have won this competition in the last two years, beating Australia and New Zealand in the final. This is a tough competition and the experience gained by our players is invaluable for the later international tours”, Vince van der Bijl, Cricket South Africa’s High Performance general manager said.

Ahmed Amla (capt), Yusuf Abdullah, Werner Coetzee, Henry Davids, CJ de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Imraan Khan, Rory Kleinveldt, Wayne Parnell, Daryn Smit (wk), Blake Snijman, Thandi Tshabalala, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Vaughan van Jaarsveld.

Black Batsman and All-Rounders not good Enough according to Majola

Gerald Majola has come out with a statement which might bring one to question his knowledge of provincial cricket. He said: “we have to understand that there are special positions. We need a balanced team, and that there are specialist positions. For instance, we are not blessed with a lot of black batsmen and all-rounders, but lots of black bowlers, and we have to take note of that. We have to start producing them.” (click here for the full article)

The Supersport Series, is the 4 day provincial format which is the only competition that can be compared to the upcoming test match series in India. If Majola had bothered to check the statistics for the series he might be surprised to learn that Henry Davids, scored the most runs for the season, continuing his rich vein of form from the end of last season. He managed 3 centuries and 5 scores above 50 taking him to 817 runs at an average of 48.05 and is the only player to get above 800 runs for the season.

There are 3 players of colour in the top 10 for the most runs scored, the other two being Imraan Khan and and Ahmed Amla (These days its hard to know who is a quota player and who is not – Luke Watson the stormers ex captain is black according to some click here for the story and picture of him)

If Majola wanted to pursue this a bit further and checked the statistics by average, again he would find a player of colour leading the way in the form of JP Duminy, with a massive 93.25 average. Davids is in the top ten here as well, with Vernon Philander 11th averaging 43.25

One would think that Prince, Hashim Amla, Gibbs, Duminy, Davids, Alviro Petersen and Loots Bosman would be disappointed to hear that there aren’t many black batsmen as all of these guys deserve to play at the very least in the SA A side (most of them have or have been selected)

On the All-rounder side, Philander averaged 43. 25 with the bat and 16.13  with the ball.  I am not sure what Majola sees in the transformation department but any player that averages above 35 with the bat and under 25 with the ball is going places, and a player averaging 43 with the bat and 16 with the ball should already be there!!!!

Standard Bank Pro20 Fixtures

March 2008

25 Chevrolet Warriors v Zimbabwe Pro 20 Sahara Oval St George`s, Port Elizabeth 18:00
26 Gestetner Diamond Eagles v Zimbabwe Pro 20 OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein 18:00
26 Nashua Cape Cobras v Nashua Dolphins Pro 20 Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town 18:00
27 bizhub Highveld Lions v Zimbabwe Pro 20 Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 18:00
28 Nashua Dolphins v Gestetner Diamond Eagles Pro 20 Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban 18:00
28 Nashua Titans v Chevrolet Warriors Pro 20 Willowmoore Park, Benoni 18:00
30 Gestetner Diamond Eagles v Nashua Titans Pro 20 De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley 14:30
30 bizhub Highveld Lions v Chevrolet Warriors Pro 20 Sedgars Park, Potchefstroom 14:30

April 2008

2 Nashua Titans v Nashua Cape Cobras Pro 20 SuperSport Park, Centurion 18:00
2 Nashua Dolphins v Zimbabwe Pro 20 Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban 18:00
4 Chevrolet Warriors v Nashua Cape Cobras Pro 20 Buffalo Park, East London 18:00
4 Gestetner Diamond Eagles v bizhub Highveld Lions Pro 20 OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein 18:00
6 Nashua Cape Cobras v bizhub Highveld Lions Pro 20 Boland Park, Paarl 14:30
6 Nashua Dolphins v Chevrolet Warriors Pro 20 Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban 14:30
9 Nashua Dolphins v Nashua Titans Pro 20 Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban 18:00
9 Nashua Cape Cobras v Zimbabwe Pro 20 Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town 18:00
11 Nashua Titans v Zimbabwe Pro 20 SuperSport Park, Centurion 18:00
11 Nashua Cape Cobras v Gestetner Diamond Eagles Pro 20 Sahara Park Newlands, Cape Town 18:00
11 bizhub Highveld Lions v Nashua Dolphins Pro 20 Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 18:00
13 Chevrolet Warriors v Gestetner Diamond Eagles Pro 20 Sahara Oval St George`s, Port Elizabeth 14:30
13 Nashua Titans v bizhub Highveld Lions Pro 20 SuperSport Park, Centurion 14:30
18 Semifinal 1 18:00
19 Reserve Day   
20 Semifinal 2 14:30
21 Reserve Day  
25 Final 18:00
26 Reserve Day Final

Langeveldt Pulls Out of SA tour to India

Charl Langeveldt has pulled out of the 3 test tour to India, which kicks off on the 26th of March. Langeveldt indicated that the controversy surrounding the team selection has upset him and he wont be in the right frame of mind.

It is now common knowledge that the South African touring side consisting of 14 players must have 6 players in order to be approved. Langeveldt has worked out that his selection is not based on anything else apart from race. He last played test cricket two years ago in Australia, which was just his 6th test. He averages 37 with the ball in tests and had a shocking display in this seasons Supersport Series (the 4 day domestic competition) averaging 43.45 with the ball!!!

Langeveldt was deservedly voted as one of the South African cricketers of the Year in 2007 and it takes only slightly more intellect than those that meddle with the team have to work out its not for his ability in the 5 day format.

Langeveldt has impressed in the ODI format, averaging 28.46 in 59 matches. He also contributed in the MTN domestic championship picking up 17 wickets at an average of 14.70. He also had an outstanding world cup and is an integral part of the ODI squad.  

Statistics don’t mean everything but they are a good way to gauge where Langeveldt’s speciality lies. In Bangladesh he picked up 2/32 and 3/31 before being rested for the last game.

My sympathy goes out to Langeveldt who knows he wasn’t the best player for the job and also understands the reason why he was picked. The politicians like the Ministry of sport Butana Komphela have no place in the game. (if you don’t know who he is – he is the person that wanted passports taken away from the Springboks for not meeting transformation standards – read more here) He came out to defend Arendse when the side from Bangladesh was rejected for not having enough transformation players and told the media that:

“We must build this country through unity and through sport, we have all seen how united this country becomes as soon as one national team wins. All of us, even the president (Thabo Mbeki), supported the Springboks when they won the World Cup.

“People asked me ‘why’ and I said ‘they might be white, probably by accident, but they are South Africans, it doesn’t make them lesser South Africans.’

He also went on to say “But our agenda is to tell them to transform and that is not going to stop. We are unapologetic about that because the truth is very simple: we all need to feel like we have a place in the national team.” (to read more of his statements click here and yes it gets worse)

As mentioned in another post why must 6 players of colour be taken when only 4 will play? Who will replace his spot? If policies are to be adhered to, one thing is for sure it wont be Andre Nel.