Regardless of his reputation as someone perhaps best suited to Test cricket, Warriors' batsman Ashwell Prince insists he will continue to play the shortest format. In this year's Pro20, South Africa's domestic T20 competition, the 34-year-old opened the batting, scoring 132 runs in over eight matches at just more than a run a ball — moderate returns by any standard.
“People can perceive what they want to perceive,” he says, “but I know what I'm capable of. I know people have looked me as that sort of player over the years but I have thoroughly enjoyed T20.”
Warriors will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the Champions League T20 proper on Friday, and Prince believes his side is in no way inferior to any other in the tournament.
“At the end of the day, we respect all teams in the competition but we don't fear anyone; we feel we can beat them all. You have to have belief, and I think we can go all the way.”
St. George's Park in Port Elizabeth is Warriors' home ground and the pitch there, Prince feels, is similar to ones in India. “Last time (when the side reached the final of the CLT20), we played all our round-robin matches at St. George's; it turns and keeps low. It is the closest to the conditions we will encounter here.”
Meanwhile, team-mate Nicky Boje denies he has apprehensions over returning to India any more. The left-arm spinner had previously opted out of tours to the country over fears he would be arrested, as part of investigations into match-fixing. “I had no reservations about coming here at all,” he says. I'm looking forward to playing in Bangalore. I have only played a Test match here in 2000 and I had a good game.”