Russell Domingo has been named the Pretoria Mavericks’ head coach for the T20 Global League.
The Centurion-based T20 Global League franchise today officially announced their team name and logo, with the squad all set to enter into South Africa’s exciting new T20 competition.
Domingo will take charge as coach, while superstar Proteas batsman and local boy, AB de Villiers, will carry the mantle as the team’s Proteas marquee player.
Domingo is widely credited with guiding the Proteas through one of its most successful periods. Gearing up for the T20GL, Domingo will be flanked by two former Proteas players, Lance Klusener and Neil McKenzie. Former Proteas all-rounder Klusener will work as the bowling coach, while McKenzie is on board as Domingo’s assistant coach.
As the allocated Proteas marquee player for the Pretoria Mavericks, De Villiers is looking forward to a successful T20GL campaign.
‘Pretoria is a city close to my heart, and close to my family. I love playing at SuperSport Park,’ said De Villiers. ‘I can’t wait for the competition to get under way, and the prospect of playing against my teammates and some of the world’s best players is an exciting one and I can feel the anticipation building.’
The Pretoria Mavericks franchise is owned by Hermis Sports Ventures Ltd, which is a consortium between Hermis Vacations Ltd (UK), Percept Ltd (India), Rajhans Group of Industries (India), with South African Osman Osman of local events and entertainment company, Blu Blood taking a stake in the team.
‘Pretoria serves as the seat of the South African government, and now our franchise will look to establish the Pretoria Mavericks as the seat of power for the T20 Global League,’ said Jayesh Desai, group chairman of Rajhans Group.
John Wright, Northerns Cricket Union president said: ‘With the T20 Global League taking centre stage this summer, I am looking forward to the prospect of welcoming the Pretoria Mavericks to SuperSport Park. Having met with the owners, I have no doubt that the new franchise will continue to uphold SuperSport Park’s legacy as a world-renowned family stadium.’
Our coat of arms embodies the dynamism and nonconformist attitude of the team through the use of typography that represents movement, dimension, speed and aggression.
The Pretoria Mavericks own the spectrum of blue, symbolic of the endless sky in the horizon and the deepest ocean is our playing field.
Occupying the centre stage of our coat of arms is the Maverick in his full glory, donning the battle kit of Pretoria Mavericks. We are warriors, coming together as a team of champions forming the shield of victory.
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