The Titans have arrived in Abu Dhabi keen to show why they are South Africa’s top dogs in T20 cricket.
Albie Morkel’s side have won the last three Ram Slam competitions at home, but they are motivated by the chance to transfer that form onto the world stage.
It is the reason why they have brought with them international talent such as Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Theunis de Bruyn, Heino Kuhn and Chris Morris.
The Titans are in Group B alongside Boost Defenders and Auckland Aces.
“It’s exciting for us,” said former South Africa all-rounder Morkel.
“We’ve been successful for the last couple of years in South Africa, but we never compete against teams from other countries.
“It’s important for us to do well.
“Watching on TV, I’m a bit of a fan to be honest.
“They bring an excitement to the game.
“We are an unknown force, but Afghanistan have been doing steadily well over the last few years in international cricket, and I’m excited to see what the young guys can bring.
“Spending time with the son of Afghan Cricket in Rashid Khan in Adelaide and listening to their journey and the challenges they’ve faced has been fascinating.
“This weekend will be a nice challenge for our boys.
“The Titans look strong, for example, but a win against them would boost our morale.”
Left-handed powerhouse Ingram, nicknamed the bulldozer, is very much a modern player immersed in the world of T20 cricket. A ‘have bat will travel’ kind of player. And he is loving it.
He has a white ball contract with Glamorgan and will this winter return to Adelaide Strikers for the Big Bash, with whom he won that competition with earlier this year under Jason Gillespie’s guidance.
“It’s the exciting part of international cricket at the moment,” he added.
“It’s moved into a space where there’s opportunities to travel and meet up with different players and teams, and I’m certainly enjoying that.
“I’m getting more and more used to it.
“The first couple of breakfasts are important, spending time with guys!
“The more you submerge yourself into each environment, you get more out of it.”