Junior Proteas ICC U19 Cricket World Cup squad announced

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Colleta Dewa

Johannesburg - Cricket South Africa have named Bryce Parsons of Central Gauteng as captain of the national under-19 team to play in the 2020 edition of the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in South Africa early next year. 

The vice-captain is Khanya Cotani of North West and the team also includes Gerald Coetzee of Free State who was a member of the team that played in the last tournament in New Zealand in 2018 and has already played franchise cricket for the VKB Knights as well as for the Jozi Stars in the MSL.

The squad will fine-tune its preparation during a home series against world champions India at the end of the year and in a quadrangular series that follows against India, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.

“Congratulations to all the players who have been selected as well as the management and support staff,” said CSA Acting Chief Executive Dr Jacques Faul.

 “I am sure head coach Lawrence Mahatlane, his fellow selectors and our talent scouts around the country have left no stone unturned in identifying our best players in this age group and that the work done at the various training camps will be well rewarded. I wish our players everything of the best for a successful tournament and know that they will make us proud.

“Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) have also played their part at the RPCs and community hubs because some of the players started their journeys there before going on to top cricket schools. What really pleases me is that all the strategic pathways we have put in place are now starting to come to fruition. This is confirmation that we are on the right track,” added Khoza.

South Africa under-19s head coach, Mahatlane said selecting the squad was not easy but they were comfortable with the final line-up.

“It was a tough process selecting this squad. We went through quite a lot of players, giving quite a few players an opportunity and we are very excited with the squad we selected. There is a lot of flexibility with some special talent around, I am personally excited about this group and I am sure they will make the nation proud.

“Bryce is a natural leader. The tone that he has set and the growth we have seen over the last couple of months, it was very natural for us to back him as a leader. He captained the side throughout the winter and we have seen a lot of growth in him, not only tactically, but also as a person. Hopefully, he will keep doing the country proud,” Mahatlane said.

The SA under-19 cricket World Cup squad:

Bryce Parsons (Central Gauteng, capt), Khanya Cotani (North West, vice-capt), Luke Beaufort (Eastern Province), Jonathan Bird (Western Province), Merrick Brett (Northerns), Achille Cloete (Boland), Gerald Coetzee (Free State), Tyrese Karelse (South Western Districts), Mondli Khumalo (KwaZulu-Natal), Jack Lees (Central Gauteng), Andrew Louw (Northern Cape), Levert Manje (Central Gauteng), Odirile Modimokoane (North West), Pheko Moletsane (Free State), Tiaan van Vuuren (Eastern Province)

 

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