The North West Cricket Union will play host to the third annual Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Colts Week from 10 to 16 April 2013. The Week is an extravaganza of under-23 three-day cricket, set to strengthen the quality of cricket played in the longer format of the game once players reach the semi-professional and professional stages of their careers.
The Week will see teams play two three-day matches under the watchful eye of talent scouts who will gather for the purpose of identifying the most promising players who will stand a chance of making the Further Colts Development Programme.
CSA's Senior Cricket Manager, Max Jordaan said: "We are closing the gap in the CSA development programme. The Week was put in place to remedy the skills breach that has developed in the execution in the three-day competition from under-19 cricket to now. We have had great success in the number of players who have participated in the Week being selected for semi-professional and even franchise teams. We will continue to use this Week as a tool to unearth talent that would otherwise be missed."
Performance reviews will be held during the week to give players a clue as to what areas need work in order for them to show continuous improvement throughout all the disciplines of the game. Coaches will also have a day off between the two matches to review the feedback that they can take from the first match before heading into the final one.
"Apart from putting the players in a situation where they are given the opportunity to realistically compare themselves to their peers, we hope that this Week will also assist to further develop the coaches in an environment where plenty of experienced mentors will be on hand to assist them with areas that they themselves still need to work on," Jordaan concluded.