India series an opportunity to build for the future

In a press conference held in Dharamsala before 1st T20, Nkwe explained CSA's stance by throwing his weight behind the 26-year-old de Kock.

"I strongly believe that we have a good enough squad. We have a good leader here. It's also an opportunity to start building for the future. We know where Faf stands, as a captain and as a player. He's done great things for South African cricket. We also need to look at what the future looks like. We believe in Quinton, who's going to be leading the team in this series," Nkwe said.

"At the end of the day, as a professional team, we're entertainers. We hope that the kind of cricket we'll be playing out there, people will be able to read and understand the brand of cricket we want to play. It's a new chapter, and there are some new characters in the group. We're still in the process of defining ourselves, but I know for sure that the guys want to get out there and play some exciting cricket."

"Coming into this series, we've got a lot of new players. Win or lose, I just want the guys to keep competing, keep fighting. As long as they keep doing that, I'm sure we'll be in good hands. We've got quite a young team, so there will be a lot of energy. Looking forward to that."

South Africa go into the series with about 20-odd T20I games to play before the T20 world cup in Australia next year, and Nkwe believes the immediate focus is on India, a series which they can take stock and proceed accordingly.

"The focus for now is this coming series against India. We're looking to invest in a good foundation going into the T20 World Cup next year in Australia. But we still have a lot of games. We have about 20 games. So we'll reassess the situation after these three games against India and see where we're at, and how we build into the England series and so on. But for now the focus is the Indian series."

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