Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen will captain the Tshwane Spartans in the 2019 edition of the Mzansi Super League.
Former Proteas batsman AB de Villiers led the Spartans in last year’s inaugural MSL. He will continue to play for the franchise, but has been succeeded by Klaasen.
The 28-year-old, who recently returned with the Standard Bank Proteas from India where he earned his first Test cap, was made Spartans captain by head coach Mark Boucher.
‘I had a conversation with Spartans head coach Mark Boucher. I’m looking forward to this, especially with guys who have heaps of experience around the world,’ said Klaasen, who will captain England fast bowler Tom Curran as an international marquee player.
‘I’m quite a relaxed captain. I try to get everyone’s point of view. Everyone has different ideas, so it’s always been my way.’
Klaasen is eager to implement inspiration and tactics drawn from former Proteas all-rounder and Titans teammate Albie Morkel, who captained the Durban Heat in 2018.
‘I’ve spent a lot of time with Albie, really picking his brain about the way he captains. I think he’s been one of our best captains in South Africa – the way he sums up the game, handles the pressure,’ added Klaasen.
Photo: Gallo Images