Faf sings praises of 'shining jewel' Mzansi Super League

Faf du Plessis (Gallo Images)
Faf du Plessis (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas captain Faf du Plessis says the Mzansi Super League (MSL) is a "shining jewel" that South Africa's cricketing authorities need to take care of. 

The second edition of South Africa's marquee T20 competition has been met with some criticism given the struggles for crowd numbers around the country, but there has been a marked improvement in that regard over the last week or so and at Centurion on Friday night there were 5 600 present to watch the Tshwane Spartans beat Du Plessis' Paarl Rocks.

The tournament is considered crucial to Cricket South Africa's (CSA) efforts to claw its way out of debt, while it has also been identified as a vehicle to help keep the best players committed to playing their cricket in South Africa. 

In the absence of a lucrative broadcast deal in the form of SuperSport, concerns remain over exactly how the MSL will turn into the cash cow CSA needs it to be. 

Du Plessis, though, gave the tournament a glowing review after his side's loss on Friday by speaking directly to the quality of cricket on offer.

"I'm very positive, especially about the standard of this league," Du Plessis said.

"I think every player will say this in their own country, but I think that after the IPL, it's right up there standard-wise.

"All of our international players are playing, which you don't generally get in the Big Bash. There are some quality players there (Big Bash), of course, but it's about the amount of international players that are on display.

"Our top young players are also coming through so the product is very good, and we've got to make sure that we put a lot of importance on this league because it will grow our game in South Africa and produce a lot more talent.

"It's a shining jewel that we've got to take care of."

The tournament continues on Saturday when the Durban Heat host the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at Kingsmead from 12:30. 

The match will be screened on SABC 3. 

- Compiled by Lloyd Burnard

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