• Behardien: Money is a nice incentive

    Batsman Farhaan Behardien has admitted ‘the money is obviously a nice incentive’, as the Titans prepare for the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy.

    This week’s three-day tournament in the United Arab Emirates will host the Titans from South Africa, New Zealand’s Auckland Aces, Afghanistan’s Boost Defenders, Australia’s Hobart Hurricanes, Pakistan’s Lahore Qalandars and England’s Yorkshire Vikings.

    The contest winner will receive $150 000 (approximately R2 million).

    ‘We’ve got some young players like Greg Mahlokwana who will gain a lot from this trip, and someone like Andrea Agathangelou. It’s all good experience,’ said Behardien.

    The Titans join the Auckland Aces and Boost Defenders in group B. The New Zealand franchise’s squad features South African-born seamer Danru Ferns.

    ‘We pride ourselves on winning and trying to dominate. We know the Auckland side are not sending their strongest side and we have some guys in our team that could be quite intimidating to face,’ added Behariden.

    ‘We have a few days to acclimatise. There are a few guys, like me who’ve not been there. The experience of being overseas as a franchise side is an exciting one for us. We are going to try and have some fun, enjoy the occasion and we are going to try and win the tournament.’

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