• 5 Saffas to watch in T20 Blast

    The sub-continent has the Indian Premier League, Australia has the Big Bash League, the West Indies has the Caribbean Premier League and England has the NatWest, which is also laden with South Africans…

    Wayne Parnell
    Released by the Delhi Daredevils and unsold in the 2015 IPL player auction before leaving the Warriors for the Cobras and parting ways with his player agents, Openfield Talent, Parnell’s new direction will continue with Glamorgan this month. The all-rounder is expected to be available for the first 10 of the Cardiff-based club’s 14 T20 fixtures. ‘Wayne is naturally gifted,’ said Glamorgan chief executive and director of cricket Hugh Morris. ‘He will give us a wicket-taking threat and also the potential for valuable runs. Even more importantly, Wayne is available to us for the vast majority of our NatWest T20 Blast group games and we will re-visit discussions around a potential extension as the competition unfolds.’

    Kyle Abbott
    Snubbed for South Africa’s World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, which ended in defeat, and unable to get any game time for the Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing IPL, seamer Abbott will be substantially more appreciated at Middlesex. He was key to Hampshire’s path to finals day last year and has been duly recognised by Middlesex managing director of cricket Angus Fraser, who insisted: ‘We identified that our priority for a second T20 Blast player was a high-quality fast bowler, and we believe in Kyle we have signed someone who will significantly strengthen our T20 side. Kyle continues to highlight what a top bowler he is. He was exceptional during the recent World Cup, where he took nine wickets in four games at an average of 14 and conceded just over four runs per over. In a high-scoring tournament these were outstanding figures.’

    Hashim Amla
    First Essex, later Nottinghamshire, then Surrey and now Derbyshire, the veteran Amla is becoming somewhat of a county cricket journeyman – and for good reason too. ‘I always found county cricket to be a good way for me to keep the skills going. I have a tour to Bangladesh in the first week of July, so this just gives me time to play a bit of cricket in between an almost two-month break. I’ve done this for a few years now. Stepping in and out of a club is a bit strange, but I don’t feel like it’s an uncomfortable thing. It’s about getting some batting time for me. I would love to score as many runs as possible and help Derbyshire put themselves in a good position to do well,’ the Derby Telegraph quoted the Proteas Test skipper as saying. The sentiment, of course, applies beyond first-class competition. ‘I’m looking forward to making a strong contribution in both four-day and Twenty20 cricket,’ added Amla.

    Colin Ingram
    A brief, inconsistent international career has taken a back seat to the lure of a Kolpak contract for the left-handed Ingram, who recently told SA Cricket magazine: ‘It is unfortunate that I have had to sign a Kolpak contract, but in the long term it is going to be really good for my game. Playing the next three seasons of cricket, flat out, will be great – and we will see from there. It doesn’t change my position with the Warriors, I’m still heavily committed to them and I look forward to the journey with them.’ Ingram strutted his T20 prowess with a quickfire 42 for Glamorgan’s second XI recently and, with fellow South Africans Parnell and Rudolph alongside to further inspire confidence, the talented batsman should blossom more.

    Alviro Petersen
    Retired from international cricket and free to capitalise on the lucrative exchange rate, the opportunity for an extended stay with Lancashire saw opening batsman Petersen’s ordered early on. ‘The first thing is to contribute in the development of the young players and to obviously try and score a lot of runs,’ he told PakPassion.net. ‘From a team point of view, we need to try and get back into division one of the County Championship. Lancashire is a great county side with a lot of supporters and a rich history. I think it’s a team that belongs in division one, but I know it will be hard work. I want to be instrumental in helping the team to get promotion back into division one.’ Petersen will be determined to have his first-class form, which brought an early century this county season, translate to big runs in short-format cricket too. Lancashire were losing finalists last year, when fellow South African Ashwell Prince rather than Petersen, was opening the batting.

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