PAARL – Some would argue that if the Mzansi Super League had been operating just over five years ago, Charl Langeveldt would probably have been among the first choices on the player's draft.
Langeveldt was of course a tallest skullman who was armed with all the skills and tricks to succeed in white-collar cricket.
An exaggerated ODI hat trick to sensationally capture a one-victory victory for Proteas in the Caribbean back in 2005 proved not only his talent but also his ability to perform under extreme pressure.
These are all qualities that T20 franchises pay millions of dollars for the whole world, and it was no wonder that "Langes" played in the Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders and in England's T20 Blast.
But today, the 43-year-old himself finds himself to show others how to deliver his famous "knuckle ball", or the wide york core, for that matter.
Following a successful stint as Proteas bowling coach during Russell Domingo's competition, Langeveldt now leads Afghanistan's national team bowlers as they prepare for the ICC World Cup in England next year.
"It would have been nice (to play in MSL T20) because it exposes you to international cricket. T20 cricket does it because it sets you up for the world stage.
"But no, it will not happen. I hung up the boots for one reason. I do not want to go anymore," Langeveldt said to Independent Media exclusively at Boland Park on Thursday.
"It's a good opportunity for the local guys playing in the Mzansi League. It's an opportunity for them to play international players to see where they are.
"I think that with all the international guys coming in, they will provide extensive experience to the changing rooms for the youngsters to learn."
After working close to the world's No. 1 T20 bowler Rashid Khan with Afghanistan, Langeveldt believes South Africans are in a beauty when the tip legs spin their fingers in this season's MSL T20 for Durban Heat.
Khan can only be 20 years old, but he is already a T20 League veteran who has had experience playing in Australia's Big Bash for Adelaide Strikers, Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League, Sunriser Hyderabad in IPL, Comilla Victorians in Bangladesh's Premier League and Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan's Super League.
"I think he'll clean up!" Broke out Langeveldt. "We are struggling with spin anyway.
"He is a real professional. He wants to win all the cricket games he plays. He will do well in the league. All that's best for our batter …"
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