The unsung (and reluctant) ‘saviours’ of franchise cricket

The unsung (and reluctant) ‘saviours’ of franchise cricket

Farhaan Behardien of the Titans during day 3 of the CSA 4 Day Series match between Multiply Titans and WSB Cape Cobras at Willowmoore Park on October 16, 2019 in Benoni, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Farhaan Behardien and Pite van Biljon won’t readily admit to it, but the two stalwarts provide vital stability in dark times for SA cricket.

South African cricket and its supporters can bemoan the struggles of the Proteas, who were thoroughly outplayed by India in their Test series, but the reality is that a national team is only as strong as its pipeline. Once lauded for being a decent breeding ground for international players, the franchise system is under increasing stress. Kolpak defections, the lure of T20 freelancing, the balancing act of adhering to Cricket South Africa’s transformation targets and harsh financial realities have all contributed to depth being eroded. The governing body’s controversial domestic restructuring, which is apparently designed to cut costs, adds further...




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