Former Proteas bowler Kyle Abbott is back in South Africa after signing for the Titans for the rest of the current season.
The 33 year-old Abbott has linked up with his Sky Blues teammates ahead of the One-Day Cup campaign, which starts on Saturday.
Abbott was back home in Durban when the Titans idea popped up and he is relishing being back on the field of play.
He says: “2020 was a tough year. I didn’t play for nearly 12 months between games, so I was sitting pretty comfortable in Durban doing my fishing.”
An urge to get out of his comfort zone – and get back to enticing batsmen to nibble at his bait – saw him eventually agree a deal to join a franchise he has always admired.
He adds: “Having chatted to a few people around and having played against the Titans in the past, it’s a well run unit. I felt it would be a perfect fit for me.”
Having played for South Africa, Hampshire as well as numerous gigs around the T20 world – including the Indian
Premier League – Abbott comes with a wealth of experience.
body.copy.bold: Titans coach Mandla Mashimbyi says of the signing: “He will add value in this team and he's bringing a lot of experience.
“He will help the younger guys to actually grow and be in a better space from bowling point of view. It’s actually encouraging as a bowler, knowing that you are next to somebody that has done it.”
As fate would have it, the Titans open the One-Day Cup campaign in the bio-bubble in Potch on Saturday, against Abbott's ex-team, the Dolphins.