TELFORD VICE, Cape Town
THE Titans announced their acquisition of Quinton de Kock from the Lions on Tuesday. But when and how often the boys in blue will be able to deploy the exciting young talent could put a dampener on their celebrations.
For instance, another Titan who spends most of his time playing for SA, AB de Villiers, last played a first-class match for the franchise in March, 2009.
De Villiers has been marginally more active for the Titans in the shorter formats. He played a one-day game in December, 2012 and a T20 in September, 2013. However, he has since he represented SA in 61 matches across all formats.
Clearly, laying claim to a star is no longer as important for teams below international level given the ever more cluttered schedule of matches between countries.
De Kock’s most recent match for the Lions was in December. Since then he has played a test and nine one-day internationals.
Still, the Titans would rather have De Kock in their own dressingroom than their opponents’ on the rare occasion that he is available.
“We believe he is a match-winning player who can change the complexion of an innings with his repertoire of attacking strokes,” a release quoted Titans chief executive Jacques Faul as saying.
Johannesburg-born De Kock, who attended King Edward VII, the epitome of Joburg’s Ivy League schools, was chuffed with his move: “I’m excited about the prospects of joining the Easterns Titans while working meticulously at my skills in order to take my cricketing career to new heights.”
Lions coach Geoff Toyana said de Kock’s “biggest reason for his decision seems to be that he wants to buy a house in Pretoria and that the driving to and from Johannesburg would be too much”.
Toyana said the Lions had met with De Kock several times since he revealed his intention last week after returning from playing for Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
Delhi’s fielding and conditioning coach, Rob Walter, is the Titans’ head coach.