Aiden Markram of The Unlimited Titans received the biggest surprise of his life when he was announced as the captain of the South Africa Under-19 squad that will travel to Dubai for the 2014 ICC Under-19 World Cup. He will lead the 15-man squad to the biggest tournament of their lives so far, beginning 14 February to 1 March 2014.
“I was so shocked I didn’t even know if I was happy or not at the time (of the announcement),” Markram said. “This is a tremendous honour and I am looking forward to the challenge of leading the side all the way to the final.”
The team was announced at the closing function of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Franchise Cubs Week. Coach, Raymond Jennings is happy with the final team that was selected and looks forward to leading the side to Dubai.
“It was a tough process picking out this side, but I’m satisfied that we’ve picked out the best team for this competition,” he said. “It’s a very exciting tournament that we’re going to and I’m looking forward to seeing how the guys perform against the best in the world, this is their time to prove us right or wrong.”
The team will meet in Johannesburg for their last camp on the 2nd of February and leave for Dubai on the 7th.
SA Under-19 team:
Aiden Markram (capt, The Unlimited Titans), Bradley Bopp (Chevrolet Warriors), Corbin Bosch (The Unlimited Titans), Driaan Bruwer (The Unlimited Titans), Kirwin Christoffels (Chevrolet Warriors), Justin Dill (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Clyde Fortuin (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Dayyaan Galiem (SA U17), Sibonelo Makhanya (Sunfoil Dolphins), Greg Oldfield (Sunfoil Dolphins), Andile Phehlukwayo (SA U17s), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Ngazi Sigwili (Chevrolet Warriors), Jason Smith (Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Yaseen Valli (bizhub Highveld Lions).