• Vilas will captain Durban Heat

    Former Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Dane Vilas has been appointed captain of the Durban Heat for this year’s edition of the Mzansi Super League.

    Vilas captained the Jozi Stars through a title-winning MSL campaign last year, but has since joined the Heat. He has also captained Lancashire in English county cricket.

    ‘For me it was an easy decision. I have been captain quite a lot in the United Kingdom, here at home and then last year with the Jozi Stars in this competition, so it was a straight-forward decision for me,’ said Vilas.

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    Former Proteas coach Gary Kirsten will work with the Heat, while England duo Ravi Bopara and Alex Hales have also been recruited.

    ‘You can’t turn a guy like Gary down. It’s great to see that he and the management staff have faith in me to do it, so I am honoured,’ added Vilas.

    ‘I met Gary a few times in the UK and he is such a meticulous coach, which is what I love and so when he mentioned the role I didn’t hesitate at all.

    ‘We’ve got a good mix of guys, a lot of local talent and brilliant overseas players in Ravi and Alex, so there is a good makeup in the squad.’

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