The Titans have named their squad for the 2020-21 season, with some interesting additions from across the country, including Thando Ntini and middle-order batsman Sibonelo Makhanya.
With the departure of the long-serving Farhaan Behardien, Alfred Mothoa to the Knights as well as Tony de Zorzi moving on to the Cobras, the Sky Blues wanted an injection of youth and enthusiasm.
They have acquired the signature of the lively pace bowler Ntini, middle-order batsman Sibonelo Makhanya and Okuhle Cele, who will add pace to the attack.
Thando, the son of former Proteas fast bowler and legend Makhaya Ntini, has made fine progress at the Cape Cobras in the current season, but a move to the faster pitches of Centurion may see him make even greater strides.
Makhanya joins from the Dolphins, with plenty of ability with the bat. Having been in the franchise system for a long time, Makhanya is primed to take on a bigger role in the team with the bat.
Cele, meanwhile, has improved in leaps and bounds with responsibility at the Dolphins, where his slippery bowling has been a handy asset.
The trio joins a well-established core, including Theunis de Bruyn, who will be keen to show national selectors that he still has plenty to offer, after losing his national contract.
Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Lungi Ngidi, Dean Elgar and Tabraiz Shamsi are all nationally contracted, but will add considerable quality when available for domestic cricket.
With the 2019/20 season ended suddenly with the outbreak of Covid-19, the Titans lost the opportunity to finish the campaign with a flourish.
Beyond the global pandemic, the Sky Blues will be eager to get back to winning ways, as they continue to build the core of a new squad to challenge strongly for domestic honours.
Contracted players for 2020-21: Matthew Arnold, Neil Brand, Ryan Cartwright, Okhule Cele, Junior Dala, Henry Davids, Theunis de Bruyn, Dayyaan Galiem, Heinrich Klaasen, Gregory Mahlokwana, Sibonelo Makhanya, Thando Ntini, Diego Rosier, Kabelo Sekhukune, Grant Thomson and Lizaad Williams.
Rookies: Khwezi Gumede, Rubin Hermann.
CSA contracted – national players: Quinton de Kock, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis.
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