Theunis de Bruyn, who has played five Tests for South Africa, will no longer captain Knights' franchise after he opted to move to Titans for the 2018-19 summer. He joins 11 other current internationals at SuperSport Park, where discussions are still underway with AB de Villiers, who had recently retired from international cricket. The batsman, however, could make himself available for the franchise next summer.
De Villiers was not listed among the franchise's contracted players, which, apart from the eight nationally contracted players on Titans' books, also included Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala and Heinrich Klaasen. Rookie contracts were awarded to former national under-19 allrounder Corbin Bosch, son of Tertius, and recent under-19 World Cup success story Wandile Makwetu.
Malusi Siboto, a medium-pacer who has been instrumental to the Titans' limited-overs success over the last few seasons, left the franchise after his contract expired, while bowling all-rounder Rowan Richards was released. Instead, Tshepo Moreki, a right-arm quick from Cobras was signed up.
"The squad is a good balance of youth and experience and definitely one that has the potential to defend our two trophies and possibly put us in a position to win all three competitions," Mark Boucher, Titans' coach said. "Theunis is a very good player and a very dominant batsman. We saw an opening in our batting line-up and believe Theunis can definitely strengthen our batting unit. Not only is it a massive benefit to have him in our batting line-up, but his pace bowling will add another dimension. Tshepo is a promising talent. I love his attitude on the field, he's fit and is hungry to play, so I am looking forward to see what he can bring with the ball."
Titans have announced their contract list even though talks between CSA and the South African Cricketers' Association regarding their MOU, which outlines the terms and conditions for players contracts, have yet to conclude. The MOU, which expires at the end of April, was extended with a new deadline set for June 30.
Titans squad: Andrea Agathangelou, Farhaan Behardien, Corbin Bosch, Junior Dala, Henry Davids, Theunis de Bruyn, Tony de Zorzi, Eldred Hawken, Heinrich Klaasen, Heino Kuhn, Wandile Makwetu, Tshepo Moreki , Rivaldo Moonsamy, Albie Morkel, Alfred Mothoa, Grant Thomson, Jonathan Vandiar. Shaun von Berg
CSA contracted players at Titans: Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent