Kass Ready For Bumper Season

Kass Naidoo is back on our television sets for the summer cricket season, and was delighted to meet many of the visiting Indian media contingent at the start of a whirlwind One Day International (ODI) and Test schedule, scheduled to end with the New Years Test in Cape Town between 2 and 6 January 2007.

Kass Naidoo interviews SA Cricket’s Convenor of Selectors, Mr Haroon Lorgat before depressing weather and persistent rain cause the match to be cancelled.  Picture:  gsport

Naidoo will be presenting and commentating on the international cricket season for SABC Sport on SABC3 during the ensuing months, but yesterday’s damp weather in Joburg unavoidably cast a pall over the proceedings.

Kass Naidoo interviews SA Cricket’s Convenor of Selectors, Mr Haroon Lorgat before depressing weather and persistent rain cause the match to be cancelled.  Picture:  gsport Authentic London-style low cloud and persistent drizzle prevented a single ball being bowled at the tournament’s opening ODI against a touring Indian side packed with batting and bowling punch, to the disappointment of a typical Bull Ring crowd eager to support the Proteas in action.

The touring Indian squad could boast a sizable share of the support too, with many an Indian flag to be seen in the crowds, some spectators having travelled from as far away as Botswana to witness these legends of cricket ply their trade.

Naidoo has just returned from Hong Kong, where she commentated on the annual cricket-based spectacular Hong Kong Sixes with seasoned colleague, Australia’s Bruce Yardley.

Naidoo was witness to an inspirational SA team which defied all setbacks to overcome vastly superior teams to clinch their first Hong Kong Sixes title since 1995, when the iconic Jonty Rhodes was adjudged the Player of the Tournament.

In the 2006 event, the South African squad beat New Zealand and England in their pool matches, before beating Hong Kong and the West Indies to qualify for the tournament final against a prolific Pakistan team.

SA batted first in the tournament final, and Tyron Henderson together with Captain Nicky Boje were suitably aggressive, their combined 63 runs off 28 balls propelling the team to a testing total of 103 in their allotted five overs (of eight balls each).

left A confident Pakistan launched in chase after losing Yasir Arafat for a first-ball duck, and they appeared well on track to reach the required total, but were throttled by the exemplary bowling of Boje and Henderson, who conceded a meagre 18 runs from their two overs.

In the end the South African squad limited the Pakistan side to 91 in their five overs, and clinched the trophy in emphatic form. This left Naidoo enough time to do a bit of sight-seeing in Kowloon and Hong Kong, not to mention the street markets where every purchase turns out to be a bargain.

“I had an amazing time,” said Naidoo on her return. “Hong Kong is definitely a city to visit again, but right now I am totally preoccupied with the series against India. We will witness some of the most talented exponents of the game in action right here at home, and I am looking forward to a rollicking series!”

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