‘This feels unreal’, as Boland’s Gafieldien gets Cape Cobras contract

File image: Isma-eel Gafieldien.

Boland batsman Isma-eel Gafieldien has been contracted by the Cape Cobras for the 2020-21 season.

The left-handed Gafieldien averages 36.26 after 28 first-class matches. His talent was epitomised by successive centuries against Easterns and KwaZulu-Natal Inland in the 3-Day Provincial Cup earlier this year.

He was the third-highest run-scorer in the 2019-20 3-Day Provincial Cup, amassing 712 in 15 innings. Only Eastern Province’s Matthew Christensen and Free State’s Patrick Botha managed more.

‘It feels unreal, like I am dreaming. As a cricket lover and kid growing up in the Western Cape, you always dream of one day being apart of the Cobras,’ said Gafieldien.

Gafieldien will join a Cobras squad that has lost fast bowlers Lizaad Williams and Thando Ntini to the Titans, while batsman David Bedingham has moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a career with Durham. Spinner Dane Piedt is relocating to the United States of America.

Seamers Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Ferisco Adams and Tladi Bokako have also left, for the Warriors, Knights and Lions, respectively. Batsman Matthew Kleinveldt has joined the Knights, too.

The Cobras have also recruited opening batsman Tony de Zorzi from the Titans and all-rounder Calvin Savage from the Dolphins. All-rounder Onke Nyaku has joined from the Warriors.