The squad incorporates a lot of players that can add more spice and value to our set up. The teams sets out to make Durbanites excited for this tournament and we want to bring them some joy in the holiday season.
Our vision was to get as many local players as we could and fill the other spots with match winners and with 13 international cricketers and eight Hollywoodbets Dolphins, we are excited for the tournament.
Coach Grant Morgan had many sleepless nights in the build up to the draft and he heaped praise on the his brains trust for picking the best possible squad in the end.
Having Imraan (Khan) there helping was hugely important and we plotted and planned as many different outcomes as we could.
The Heat welcome back Kyle Abbott to Durban after many years with the Dolphins and he is looking forward to contributing to the side.
Full squad: Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Vernon Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morné van Wyk, Okuhle Cele, Sarel Erwee, Tladi Bokako.
Key Players: David Miller needs to have a good run in the Mzansi Super League to regain his best form for the World Cup. The Durban Heat may not be too concerned about the Proteas hopes in 2019 but they certainly won’t complain if Miller plays the kind of cricket he is capable of at his best
Rashid Khan quickly becomes central to the hopes of almost every team he plays in whether it be Afghanistan or the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and the Heat will be hoping he lives up to his billing.
Hot Prospect: Tladi Bokako is a 25-year-old seamer who hails from Motherwell in the Eastern Cape but currently plays his cricket in Cape Town. Bokako is enjoying a breakout season with the Cobras and sat third on the Four Day Franchise wicket-takers list after three rounds of action.
The Durban Heat have yet to name their captain though former Proteas skipper and marquee player Amla has been spoken about as a candidate for the role while other options include Dolphins skipper Khaya Zondo, former Titans skipper Morkel and former Dolphins captain Van Wyk.