Morkel to lead Durban Heat in MSLT20
Durban – Experienced former Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel has been
selected to captain the Durban Heat for the upcoming Mzansi Super League
which starts for the Heat with a home game against the Cape Town Blitz
on Sunday, 18 November.
The 37 year-old is arguably one of the most successful captains in South
African franchise cricket and has played T20 cricket all over the world,
including a long stint with the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian
With 309 T20 caps to his name, Morkel’s experience is almost unmatched
in the MSL and given the all-rounder’s match-winning ability with both
ball and bat it was an easy decision to give him the captaincy.
The Pretoria-based man might have played cricket all over the world,
however he has never left SuperSport Park, so relocating to the East
Coast for the month of the Mzansi Super League will be a different
“I have played my cricket in Pretoria for fifteen years so I have become
very comfortable with that environment, so it is going to be an exciting
challenge,” Morkel said.
“We aren’t changing franchises or anything like that, this competition
is completely new with completely new squads so it’s not going to be
difficult to try and convince guys to get behind the team.”
The Durban Heat squad has a sound mixture of youth and experience with
the likes of Hashim Amla, David Miller and Kyle Abbott as well as
youngsters Tladi Bokako, Brandon Mavuta and Okuhle Cele.
Having the experienced players at his disposal is an asset that Morkel
will take advantage of throughout the competition.
“I’m not walking in there thinking that I know everything. I have a lot
of senior players to get help from and I am sure we will form a nice
leadership group with all the senior guys.
“I’ll have the help of those guys but it will be up to me to make the
calls on the field,” Morkel added.
Durban Heat coach Grant Morgan weighed up the options and felt that
through his pedigree as a T20 player Morkel was the obvious choice to
take on the captaincy.
"He has an incredible T20 track record that includes winning big T20
tournaments," Morgan said.
"He has the respect of his players and he is a player that will be
picked in the starting XI.
"His T20 experience around the world is virtually unparalleled which is
another massive plus for us."
Morgan and Morkel played cricket against each other many years ago, but
from a professional perspective Morgan is looking forward to sharing
ideas with the veteran.
"I am really looking forward to working with a player of Morkel's class
and experience," Morgan mentioned.
The Durban Heat begin their Mzansi Super League campaign with a clash
with the Cape Town Blitz on Sunday, 18 November at Kingsmead Cricket
Stadium starting at 11am.
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Durban Heat Fixtures:
18 Nov 11:00 Durban Heat v Cape Town Blitz Kingsmead, Durban
21 Nov 14:00 Durban Heat v Tshwane Spartans Kingsmead, Durban
23 Nov 19:00 Nelson Mandela Giants v Durban Heat St George's, Port
28 Nov 19:00 Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks Kingsmead, Durban
30 Nov 19:00 Jozi Stars v Durban Heat Bidvest Wanderers Stadium,
02 Dec 11:00 Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl
05 Dec 19:00 Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Giants Kingsmead, Durban
07 Dec 14:00 Durban Heat v Jozi Stars Kingsmead, Durban
09 Dec 15:30 Cape Town Blitz v Durban Heat PPC Newlands, Cape Town
12 Dec 19:00 Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat SuperSport Park, Centurion
Durban Heat Squad:
Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott,
Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Vernon
Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morné van Wyk, Okuhle Cele,
Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako, Prenelan Subrayen.