Giles White has backed his Hampshire players to seize their chance and match the very best sides in world cricket in their Champions League t20 trip.
The Hampshire manager was putting his squad through its final paces at the Ageas Bowl yesterday before they fly out to the lucrative event in South Africa.
The Royals, who lifted the Friends Life t20 this season to earn their place, now face a three-team qualification group next week to seal a berth against clubs from the might of India, Australia and South Africa in the main competition.
And White, whose side is boosted by the return of Shahid Afridi and Glenn Maxwell, believes his men are ready.
He said: ‘Once we qualified, everyone was excited.
‘There is a certain amount of confidence in the squad but there are fine lines between winning and not quite getting over the line.
‘Recently, we’ve had a trend of just getting over the line but it’s about putting in two good performances in those first two games to get through.
‘If we can do that, we will go somewhere very exciting in the tournament.’
White added: ‘We hoped we would have both Afridi and Maxwell and fortunately, that’s the case
‘But now it’s a chance for all of the players to showcase themselves on the world stage against the best players.
‘We know all too well that anything can happen in two games of t20 cricket.
‘Over a long period, the best sides get through but over a short period, you can get knocked out.
‘We are fully aware these are the best sides around the world and we’ve got our work cut out but we’ll give it our best shot.’
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