Mzansi Super League not about what you have on paper – Prince

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Cape Town Blitz coach Ashwell Prince is happy with the squad they have assembled for Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2.0 that takes place next month.

The Newlands-based team, who finished as runners-up in the inaugural season last year, have held on to their usual’s, like Quinton de Kock, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje, Asif Ali, Janneman Malan and George Linde, all players that excelled for them during their 2018 run to the final.

But they have added some exciting new faces too in Wahab Riaz of Pakistan, Englishman Liam Livingstone and the likes of Sisanda Magala and Vernon Philander. Prince believes it is a strong squad they have at their disposal.

Prince and his technical team assembled the squad at the Player Draft held in Soweto a month ago.

Their squad was completed last week when they signed exciting seamer Kwezi Gumede, formerly of KwaZulu-Natal but who now plays his cricket at Easterns, as their Wildcard Pick.

The Blitz will launch MSL 2019 when they play champions the Jozi Stars in a repeat of last year’s final in the opening match on November 8 in Johannesburg.

Prince says that establishing a Blitz brand at Newlands was what they were trying to achieve.

One especially exciting acquisition was the addition of spinner, Gregory Mahlokwana, who plays his domestic cricket for the Titans and Northerns.

The youngster shot to fame last year due to his ability to bowl with both arms and Prince reckons it was more than that skill that attracted them to the 24-year-old. – Report by Thahir Asmal