More rain, less cricket in Durban

2013-03-02 00:00

INSTEAD of the anticipated “stadium full” signs going up at Kingsmead last night, the electronic scoreboard told the sad tale of the match being abandoned due to rain, bringing an end to the first T20 against South Africa and Pakistan.

Yet again, Friday night brought more rain to Durban, this time curtailing an evening’s entertainment planned for a packed house as tickets were gobbled up for the match.

The only consolation for the die-hard spectators who had braved the weather, was getting a refund on their tickets.

There was no chance of any play, with pools of water littering the Kingsmead outfield.

Proteas T20 coach Russell Domingo, keeping his sense of humour, said at a “post-match” press conference: “We are playing well.”

He went on to say: “It’s disappointing we never got on the park, but we have had an enjoyable and constructive week.

“We have an exciting group of players and are currently revising the culture and way of playing.

“We want to develop an identity and in this regard, we have made progress and have the foundations in place ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.”

Domingo said the T20 team is keen to emulate the Test side and would pick the right players to play on the sub-continent next year.

“We also need to win games on home soil, so there will be selection and strategy changes, plus mistakes made. Our primary objective though is to look ahead to the World Cup and some players may need to change their mindset …”

Asked whether big names such as Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis would be considered for the World Cup, Domingo said there were players at domestic level who would, and could still be considered for selection, mentioning Colin Ingram and Wayne Parnell.

In an ironic twist, as the match was abandoned, the weather seemed to clear, but by then, the damage had been done.

Fans headed home while players and media packed their bags, heading for Centurion, where the second T20 match is played tomorrow, at SuperSport Park, at 2.30 pm.

Domingo confirmed that Quinton De Kock, Aaron Phangiso and Ryan McLaren would be released from the squad today to represent their franchises in the Ram Slam T20 Challenge match between the Lions and Knights at the Wanderers.

Cricket SA said patrons who had purchased tickets for the T20 would be entitled to a full refund.

Enquiries to the KZN Cricket Union can be made on 031 335 4200.

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