South Africa legendary pacer Allan Donald has said that SA20 is a huge step in the right direction for South African cricket. Notably, the second season of South Africa’s franchise league is currently underway.
Amidst criticism over choosing the younger side against New Zealand, Allan Donald backed SA20, asserting that the franchise tournament contributes to the development of red-ball cricket in South Africa.
“This is a huge step in the right direction for cricket in South Africa and where it should go in all formats. It is not just the white ball stuff, it is the red ball stuff as well. Having now come back into the South African first-class system, I am starting to see some big improvements,” said Donald.
Allan Donald further assured that the inexperienced team facing New Zealand is committed to playing good cricket and representing South Africa.
“I feel for those guys going to you know, they didn’t pick themselves. People say it’s a ‘B’ team. It’s a ‘C’ team, it doesn’t matter. They have to go to New Zealand and represent South Africa and I know that coach Shukri Conrad will do his utmost best to get them to rally around playing good cricket,” Donald added.
Highlighting the need for better planning, Donald urges for improved scheduling, stating that the New Zealand tour is a wakeup call for Cricket South Africa.
“It’s got to be a clearer calendar where there’s nothing in the way that there’s no major Test series or other stuff that gets in the way. So I think we’ve had our first warning shot of what potentially could happen and it has happened that, that we are sending a team over there that is not our best Test team,” said Donald.