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WP trio named in SAU19 World Cup Squad

Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced the South African Under-19 squad that will take part in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup hosted by the West Indies between January and February next year.

The junior Proteas will also take part in a pre-World Cup bilateral tour against the host nation in December to finalize the team’s preparations for the global showpiece.

The young contingent will be led by captain George van Heerden, while exciting talents such as Dewald Brevis and Asakhe Tsaka will lead the charge with bat and ball, respectively when South Africa take on their international counterparts.

Brevis impressed local cricket fans with an explosive knock likened to AB de Villiers in the recent CSA Provincial T20 Knockout competition, while Tsaka maintained a notable economy rate of 6.42 with ball in hand.

“The process of putting this group of players together is only the pinnacle of the work that started as far back as three years ago when some of these players were exposed to the CSA Talent Acceleration Programme (TAP) for the first time”, SA U19s Convenor of Selectors, Patrick Moroney commented.

“All these players played in the CSA Cubs week hosted in January earlier this year. Covid has played a big part in things being different, especially taking into account the schools cricket programme where schools play each other on a week-to-week basis that could not take place because of Covid. But taking all into account I believe that we have managed to select a team that will be competitive at the World Cup in the West Indies.

“We are blessed in the country with some exceptional talent, and I trust that these young men will use this as a platform to propel themselves into the cricketing world.

“Unfortunately, we can only select 15 players and three travelling reserves to the showpiece, but it was no easy task with an abundance of talent in the country. Some less fortunate players did not make these teams but no doubt that we will see them in the future plying their trade in the provincial and even national teams. I wish the team and staff well in their final preparation and wish them all of the very best,” Moroney concluded.

“We have a lot of exciting players in our group, and I am certain they will be well-led by George van Heerden,” said head coach Shukri Conrad.

“I want us to have the courage of our convictions. Have the courage to play the way we have practised, to follow the philosophy that we have set out and, hopefully, we can adapt, depending on what conditions are prevalent in the West Indies, both on the tour and the World Cup.

“The World Cup is the priority, but we also have a series to the West Indies that we’d like to win. It is also great preparation for the boys. I would like to see our boys continue the work; we still have a little bit of work to do before we get there and once there, to go out and have the courage to play the way we want to play,” he stated.

“Ultimately, I believe if we do that enough, then we will be victorious. We are certainly not going there as a side who wants to just compete, or a side just thrilled to be there, we want to not only give a good account of ourselves but also get into the play-off stages and win tournaments.

“That’s a long way away, but if we follow the building blocks, we will be alright,” Conrad added.

Bilateral Tour West Indies – South Africa Under-19 Squad:

George van Heerden (Captain) (Warriors), Liam Alder (Lions), Matthew Boast (KZN Inland), Dewald Brevis (Titans), Michael Copeland (Boland), Ethan Cunningham (Western Province), Valentine Kitime (Titans), Kwena Maphaka (Lions), Gerhard Maree (Free State), Aphiwe Mnyanda (Warriors), Andile Simelane (KwaZulu-Natal Inland), Jade Smith (Warriors), Kaden Solomons (Western Province), Joshua Stephenson (Warriors), Asakhe Tsaka (Western Province)

2022 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup – South Africa Under-19 Squad:

George van Heerden (Captain) (Warriors), Liam Alder (Lions), Matthew Boast (KZN Inland), Dewald Brevis (Titans), Michael Copeland (Boland), Ethan Cunningham (Western Province), Valentine Kitime (Titans), Kwena Maphaka (Lions), Gerhard Maree (Free State), Aphiwe Mnyanda (Warriors), Andile Simelane (KwaZulu-Natal Inland), Jade Smith (Warriors), Kaden Solomons (Western Province), Joshua Stephenson (Warriors), Asakhe Tsaka (Western Province)

Travelling Reserves

Hardus Coetzer (Titans), Ronan Hermann (Titans), Caleb Seleka (North West)

Management:

Shukri Conrad – Head coach

Thabang Khumalo – Assistant coach

Blanche Conradie – Manager

Phumzile Ngobese – Physiotherapist

Curtley Diesel – Fitness Trainer

Kyle Southgate – Video Analyst

Rory Kleinveldt – Bowling consultant

Neil McKenzie – Batting consultant

Salih Solomons – Doctor