England batsman Jason Roy says he believes the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants can win the Mzansi Super League trophy.
Nelson Mandela Bay Giants star batsman Roy is hoping to make a big impact and that his side that will be carrying great impetus by the time he links up with his new teammates, as the Mzansi Super League tournament officially starts this week.
‘I am extremely excited about the tournament and being a part of it all. I am sure it’s got a huge future. I am eager to meet my teammates,’ said Roy, who will arrive at the business end of the tournament.
‘I believe this is a good side … with such a strong squad and exciting young players, I don’t see why we can’t go all the way [and win the tournament]. Twenty-over cricket is all about momentum, so hopefully, we will start well and get some good confidence early.’
Until Roy, the international marquee signing, arrives for duty, the Giants will pin their hopes on fellow England international Ben Duckett, fast bowler Sisanda Magala and the all-rounder duo of Jon-Jon Smuts and Christiaan Jonker.
The wily Smuts will captain the outfit in this first edition, while also counting on the experience of Heino Kuhn and guile from Aaron Phangiso, with Chris Morris also set to return from Proteas duty next week.
However, Durban-born Roy will be the main focus as he aims to showcase why he is one of the most sought-after limited-overs players.
He said: ‘I am feeling good. It has been a busy summer and I’ve played a fair amount of cricket leading into the Mzansi Super League, so I am hopeful of having a big impact.’
The Giants open the tournament with a trip up-country – where the ball is known to travel furthest off the bat – to play the Jozi Stars at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday.