Tuesday, 7 April 2009

SA's T20 squad is no surprise

The only real one is that Ashwell's on the list. But it's only a preliminary squad, so there's still plenty of time to get rid of him.

The good news: My best friend's on the list. Apparently Vaughn van Jaarsveld's domestic team is called the bizhub Highveld Lions. Can a South African please explain that to me?

CJ de Villiers is trying to take over AB de Villiers' spot in the national side. I know it.
ROFL is also on the team.

Then there's Arno Jacobs. That's the kind of nickname we give our serial killers in Australia (no joke). And yes, we give serial killers nicknames. The only one we haven't is Ivan Milat, and that's just because he already has a brilliant name. Plus, he cut off his own finger with a plastic serrated knife, so he's slightly too insane for our liking.

The Squad: Graeme Smith, Yusuf Abdulla, Hashim Amla, Gulam Bodi, Loots Bosman, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, Henry Davids, AB de Villiers, CJ de Villiers, Friedel de Wet, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Arno Jacobs, Jacques Kallis, Heino Kuhn, Johann Louw, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Robbie Peterson, Ashwell Prince, Daryn Smit, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Roelof van der Merwe, Vaughn van Jaarsveld (bizhub Highveld Lions).

I bolded Albie's name just for fun.


12th Man said...

As of now, the only thing CJ De Villiers has which AB doesn't have is the letter "C" in his name.

I guess SACB has hiked the quota for European representation in the team in a reciprocating gesture to the Kolpak agreement.There are too many German and Dutch men in that team at the moment.

There is a russian in their side too - Dale Steyn.

Amy said...

And Jacques Kallis? What is he? Just plain stupid?

I hope AB's feeling threatened... At least Morne doesn't have another bowler with the same surname edging closer to him.

The Dutch representation might have something to do with the fact they were colonised by the Dutch. Although in SA, apparently the "bigger" people speak English and not Afrikaans.

Esra_Star said...

Surely Jacques & Ashwell were included to humour us Amy!

Dave said...

Friedel de Wet is a made up name, surely?

Amy said...

@Esra - It's the best joke in the world, then. Better than Kallis's website.

@Dave - I googled him and he looks like a little German kid. I am in love with his name.

Alex said...


As a matter of interest. In SA we struggle to fill stadiums. The sponsorship of these teams is therefore paramount to the franchise's survival. "bizhub" (Konica Minolta) sponsor the Lions team in conjunction with Highveld Stereo (local radio station).

Friedel de Wet is a relatively decent fast bowler, averages around 20 a wicket. Your common medium fast clone. And yes - we have some great names in sunny SA. It comes from having a mix of Dutch, English and French colonists; with around 10 tribes and a hugely complex social society. What the rest of the world calls "cosmopolitan" is not even close.

Amy said...

So if you took out the names of sponsors, they'd be called the "Lions"? Brilliant! haha. The names taking after sponsors is so interesting. I hope it comes to Australia and we have the KFC Cricketers or something. It probably won't, though, because money flows well in the game.

So who do SAfricans like more: Arno Jacobs or Friedel de Wet?

missjane said...

erm; actually we already have it in domestic cricket.

Retravision Warriors
VB Bushrangers
XXXX Gold QLD Bulls
West End Redbacks
PKF Tasmanian Tigers
RTA SpeedBlitz Blues

i find it amusing that Roy's team are sponsored by a light beer. 3 breweries, the state govt speeding program, an electrical goods chain, and whatever PKF is. perhaps someone could come up with some more interesting alternative sponsors? Qld could surely recruit a huntin and fishin chain.

Amy said...

I just want a name that sounds as interesting as bizhub Highveld Lions does. Retravision is a good contender, though.

Still rooting for KFC, though. They're trying to take over Australian cricket, you can tell it's their hidden agenda.

12th Man said...

Alex makes a point. But to christen a six as a DLF maximum is way over the top.

People will continue to play the game and score sixes even if DLF were to go broke.

Amy said...

If DLF were to go broke, I would be too busy laughing to care.