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September 6, 2010
Jamie How, the Central Districts Stags captain, has said the Champions League Twenty20 is an opportunity for the youngsters in his side to stake claims for higher honours.
"It gives them the chance to show what they're made of on the international scene and perhaps if they perform well, they might even have a chance of being picked up for one of the IPL teams," How said ahead of the tournament that gets underway on September 10. "Both individually and as a team, we have a chance to pit our skills against the world's best, which is a very exciting prospect."
Central Districts qualified for the event by winning the 2009/10 edition of New Zealand's domestic HRV Cup. How was wary of the competition his side will encounter in the Champions League which features the top domestic Twenty20 sides from around the world. "Every team here is here on merit. The fact that they're here means that they are very good teams, winning or finishing near the top of their individual competitions. Each of the teams has its strengths and weaknesses and we just have to be able to deal with those."
The team will miss the services of two of their key players - Ross Taylor, who will turn out for his IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Jacob Oram who is out with a knee injury. How admitted his side would be hampered by their, and the injured allrounder Graham Napier's, absence. "Ross is certainly a big loss for us. He's one of our best players, and along with missing Jacob Oram and Graham, it's been a big loss, but it also gives someone else an opportunity to step into their big shoes."
How looked forward to the event and felt the youngsters in his side would enjoy playing in South Africa. "It's a wonderful experience for the younger guys who haven't been here, because it's a great country to tour. There are really great cricket facilities and exciting places off the field. And we're doing quite a bit of travelling - we play in Centurion, Durban and Port Elizabeth - so we'll see quite a bit of the country."
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