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South Africa seeks to end trophy drought

Published: Sunday, May 31, 2009, 22:14 [IST]
 
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South Africa seeks to end trophy drought

Johannesburg: The World Twenty20 Cup in England provides another opportunity to South Africa to end the trophy drought, which has eluded the Proteas for more than a decade.

The offices of Cricket South Africa have cabinets gleaming with trophies from successful bilateral series and several triangular or quadrangular tournaments.

But the only International Cricket Council honour remains the ICC Knockout trophy, now known as the ICC Champions Trophy, which South Africa won in Bangladesh in 1998.

“We"ve been number one in the one-day game, close to number one in the Test arena and it''s a bit frustrating that we haven''t got any silverware," said Mike Procter.

Planning for the tournament began in earnest when South Africa picked a 15-man squad for two Twenty20 internationals against Australia in March.

All 15 men played in at least one game but for Procter it was equally important that the players, including some experimental selections, spent time with national coach Mickey Arthur and captain Graeme Smith in a squad environment, “so it won''t be a judgment just on a particular game."

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