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SA20 will improve the young players coming through says Jacques Kallis

SA20 will improve the young players coming through says Jacques Kallis
SA20 will improve the young players coming through says Jacques Kallis

Watching the expressions of the young players when in the presence of Jacques Kallis at the SA20 launch held recently at the Wanderers in Johannesburg it is clear the legendary Proteas all-rounder is still held in high esteem.

It is this presence that Kallis will bring to his new role as assistant coach to Graham Ford at the Pretoria Capitals for the inaugural SA20 season.

Kallis certainly has the pedigree, not only as a former player, but also as an experienced T20 coach that has spent time at the Indian Premier League in various roles.

The 47-year-old has seen first-hand the influence a successful T20 League can have on the national team's fortunes, especially in terms of growing the depth of players available.

"I think South African cricket has been crying out for this for a long time. I think we've seen the wonderful job it's (franchise league cricket) done around the world in terms of how the local competition has improved cricket. I have no doubt it's going to be the same here and everyone is looking forward to it. The standard will be very high," Kallis said.

"Having international players and coaches is also certainly going to provide a good product. It is going to improve the young guys coming through."

The exposure SA20 will provide young players is also unrivaled in South African cricket with all 33 matches being televised live on SuperSport in Sub-Saharan Africa, but crucially it will also be broadcasted to the passionate cricket audience in India on Viacom18 Sports.

"With everything being televised, it's a great opportunity for the guys to put their name out there, whether it be for international cricket, or other leagues around the world. What better stage for these young guys to put their hand up in this competition?" Kallis enthused.

South African sport is renowned for its fiercely-contested derbies and SA20 will add to that tradition when MI Cape Town and neighbours Paarl Royals kickstart the tournament at Newlands on Tuesday, January 10.

The opening game will be followed by Durban’s Super Giants hosting the Joburg Super Kings at Kingsmead on Wednesday, January 11 before Kallis' Capitals travel to Gqeberha on Thursday, 12 January to face the Sunrisers Eastern Cape at St George's Park.

"The good thing about all these games is that they are like derbies. And when you look at the teams on paper they are of equal strength and that bodes well for the competition because any one team can beat another," Kallis said.

SA20 tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online through the Ticketpros website – www.ticketpros.co.za.