WPCA announce WP Academy intake for 2020/2021

Western Province Cricket Association today confirmed the Western Province Provincial Academy intake for the 2020 / 2021 season.

The squad includes former SA U19 duo Imran Philander and Siya Plaatjie as well as former SA Schools and SA Colts and Academy Colts players who will be playing under the tutelage of U19 and WP Provincial Academy Coach Gurshwin Rabie. “In terms of assembling the Academy squad, I believe we went through a thorough process in identifying some of the best young talent within the structures of WPCA. We also relied heavily on the input from the senior provincial coaching staff with regards to where they foresee themselves having gaps or a shortage in terms of players with certain skills sets. The squad that we have put together certainly brings about a bit of excitement and it also creates a huge amount of expectation for them to do well during this upcoming season. We look forward to the challenge and cannot wait for the season to get started.”

Cricket Services Manager Clinton du Preez is challenging the squad to work hard and understand what it takes to become a professional cricketer. “Many of the Cape Cobras and Western Province players from past and present have come through our WP Academy and we challenge this next generation to follow in their footsteps and represent our proud Province and franchise. We wish Coach Gurshwin, Graham October and the squad all the best for the coming season.”

Western Province Provincial Academy 2020/2021:

Daniel Smith, Kai Curran, Phindile Tsolekile, Mathew de Villiers, Thembani Ngicizela, Lwando Tywaku, Jordan Woolfe, Guy Sheena, Imran Philander, Siya Plaatjie, Diego du Plessis, Justin Gililand, Sisonke Mazele, Kyle Pluke, Josh Breed