The Imperial Lions captain Aaron Phangiso is confident that his side is ready for the Momentum One-Day Cup (MODC) which begins on Friday in a bio-secure environment (BSE) at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom.
The BSE has been a bit of a shock to some of the players but Phangiso believes there are a lot of positives as the side prepares for their opening fixture taking place tomorrow.
Ahead of the match some players usually opt for the odd take away and light socialising but due to the tournament being hosted in a BSE, players have been limited to healthy catered food with no social interactions besides those in the bubble which has afforded players more time to reflect and plan on their own.
Senwes Park and Potchefstroom have experienced significant rainfall over the past two weeks and captain Phangiso has downplayed the effect of the rain and the potential slower wicket might have on the highveld franchise.
“From the previous games (Pool A matches) the slower bowlers took the wickets and we have a number of players who have perfected the art in Bjorn Fortuin, Malusi Siboto and myself who can deliver in those conditions. We also have Sisanda Magala who is used to bowling on slow wickets and has given us one or two tips tactically,” Imperial Lions captain Aaron Phangiso commented.
The spin bowler is happy with the preparation and readiness of the side as well as with the balance of youth and experience in his team.
“We’re adapting to the conditions very well and are happy with where the guys are at, we have a side with a good blend of experience even after losing many of the Protea’s who are playing test cricket in Pakistan,” Phangiso concluded.
Aaron Phangiso (cpt), Bjorn Fortuin, Delano Potgieter, Dominic Hendricks, Eldred Hawken, Johannes Diseko, Kagiso Rapulana, Malusi Siboto, Mitchel van Buuren, Nicholas van den Bergh, Reeza Hendricks, Ryan Rickelton, Sisanda Magala, Tladi Bokako, Wesley Marshall, Zanzima Nono Pongolo.