Three of the Cape Cobra’s international players have left the Cape franchise for the Warriors franchise. South African star batsman, and allrounder, Jacques Kallis, wicket keeper Mark Boucher, and test batsman Ashwell Prince, have all made the move from the Cape Town based team to the Port Elizabeth based outfit.
The trio were said to be upset at not being selected for the Cobra’s Pro 20 series semi final, a match the Cobra’s lost. The franchise teams did without the duty of their national players for most of the season, however they were available from the semi finals and the final if their team made it. The Titans were able to recall the likes of the Morkel brothers, Andre Nel and Dale Steyn, and made full use of their introduction by winning the Pro 20 Series. The Cobra’s included Graeme Smith and JP Duminy in their line up but left Kallis, Boucher and Prince out.
Prince was also said to be upset when he was not offered a benefit year despite playing for the Cobra’s for 10 years, some of which he served as captain.
While the Cobra’s fans will no doubt be upset by the news of the defection of three of their favourite players, in truth it will not have too much of an affect on the playing team. Because of their international commitments they have hardly featured for the Cobra’s over the last few years. Boucher was only a Cobra’s player for this last season but didn’t play a single match for them, and Kallis has only featured in 1 of their last 78 matches. Prince played more often as he has primarily been just a Test player of lately.
On the playing front the Warriors fans may not see much of the trio, but when available their expierience and thoughts will be of great benifit to the youngsters in the squad, and perhaps that’s where their full use and value will be felt.