Cape Town – New Tshwane Spartans captain Heinrich Klaasen cannot wait to finally get their Mzansi Super League (MSL) going as they prepare to welcome the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants to Centurion on Wednesday.
The hosts saw their opening match of the campaign washed out by rain when they travelled to the Durban Heat on Saturday, meaning the four points on offer were split two ways.
It means they are already playing a bit of catch-up with their opponents from the Eastern Cape already on four points after they won their opening match against the Jozi Stars on the opening weekend of the 2019 competition.
With the weather looking much better at SuperSport Park for Wednesday, Klaasen can look ahead to his captaincy debut having taken the reins from AB de Villiers for MSL 2.0.
“I’m taking it as a learning experience,” the skipper said. “These guys are experienced cricketers, they’ve played all around the world, they’re extremely talented cricketers as the stats show, so for me it’s a good way to learn new things and it’s exciting.
“It’s a huge honour to lead them, but I see it more as me learning from them rather than leading them. It will be about finding the right balance and managing the way how I handle things.”
The legendary retired Proteas De Villiers is still in the Spartans mix, alongside the likes of Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Dean Elgar, Lungi Ngidi and England star Tom Curran.
“If we look at the squad, it’s a really strong squad