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Conrad sees SA20 as an 'ally' to Proteas: 'People in SA still very much in love with cricket'

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Shukri Conrad believes the SA20's success will only benefit the Proteas as they look to use that form ahead of their England ODI series.The inaugural SA20 is on an eight-day break to accommodate the three-match ODI series between the two nations.The success of the SA20 has been unmatched by any domestic tournament that South Africa has ever hosted.

Grass banks and stadiums have been either sold-out or full with thousands of spectators supporting their co-owned Indian Premier League franchise.Conrad, who is in charge as white-ball coach for this England series, insists wearing the green and gold is still the pinnacle for the 16-man squad."International cricket is always about pressure.

But by just briefly chatting with some of the guys, it's quite clear that representing your country is still the pinnacle of it, both in white-ball and Test cricket," Conrad told reporters on Wednesday."Whether we're under pressure to compete, I don't think we're competing with the T20 league.

I'd like to see the league as an ally. The one thing I have seen of late is that people in South Africa are still very much in love with cricket."Obviously, we're looking at the form [of the] guys in that T20 league...

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