Gibbs boost for Cobras

Herschelle Gibbs has been named in the provisional Cape Cobras squad for the T20 Champions League in October.

The Proteas batsman was initially set to play for his Indian Premier League team, the Deccan Chargers, which won the IPL tournament earlier this year, but according to Western Province Cricket chief executive Andre Odendaal the Chargers notified the union that they were not going to name Gibbs in their squad for the competition.

‘We almost assumed that the IPL teams would be priority and that we would be rewarded [with the sum of US $200 000]. We had written to them as they did not let us know if he would be in their team but have told us that they will not be picking Herschelle,’ said Odendaal.

Graeme Smith will captain the side and the squad will be reduced to 15 players on 7 September.

Cape Cobras:
1. Graeme Smith (c)
2. Derek Brand
3. Ryan Canning
4. Henry Davids
5. Jean-Paul Duminy
6. Sybrand Engelbrecht
7. Herschelle Gibbs
8. Claude Henderson
9. Rory Kleinveldt
10. Charl Langeveldt
11. Richard Levi
12. Carl Nieuwoud
13. Justin Ontong
14. Vernon Philander
15. Francois Plaatjies
16. Andrew Puttick
17. Gurshwin Rabie
18. Leonard van Wyk
19. Stiaan van Zyl
20. Monde Zondeki