South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi says the decline of his team is not quite as bad as many may think.
Speaking after South Africa reeled off a third successive T20I series win, Shamsi pleaded for patience and understanding as the national side seeks to win the country’s hearts and minds following a two-year period of inconsistent form and off-field drama.
Shamsi believes his team is in a rebuilding stage and they will only get better with time.
After claiming the T20 series against Sri Lanka, he said, “People speak about the great teams of the past. This team is on par with them. We might not have as many household names because we haven’t played that much international cricket. It doesn’t mean the players are not that good, just because they are not well known.”
South Africa play one more match in Sri Lanka before a break as some players head to the IPL and others back home for a new domestic T20 knockout competition.
They will regroup in October ahead of the T20 World Cup and even though few expect them to break their trophy drought, Shamsi said they are doing everything to represent the country as best as they can.