Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Tuesday that Bradley Dial has replaced Dayyaan Galiem in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from 14 February to 1 March 2014.
Sixteen year-old Galiem succumbed to a recurring knee injury which forced him to bow out of the tournament. The International Cricket Committee’s Technical Committee approved the change and Dial has joined the squad who are currently in Abu Dhabi.
CSA General Manager of Cricket, Mr Corrie van Zyl said: "Playing for your country at any level is a major honour and a privilege. Playing in a ICC event like the U19 World Cup is an even greater experience for any young cricketer in South Africa. This experience has been taken away from Dayyaan Galiem, a very talented cricketer and an all-rounder that the SA U19 team would have benefitted from. But life tends to throw us these curve balls and we feel for the Galiem family as he had to be withdrawn from the tournament due to an injury. I spoke to Galiem on the morning after the team was announced and he has put the disappointment behind him, will support the team and will be back to compete again.
“Obviously this disappointment has proved to be the opportunity for Bradley Dial, who will now look to take this break and turn it into gold for the Coca-Cola SA U19 team. CSA would like to take this opportunity to wish the team all the best for the upcoming ICC World Cup. Enjoy the experience and seize the "Big" Moments. We are behind you all the way."