After a successful ICC Under-19 World Cup campaign, it is back to the drawing board for Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the Coca-Cola SA U-19 squad’s new management team as a fresh crop of players prepare for their first camp at the organisation’s Centre of Excellence in Pretoria from 28 June to 2 July 2014. There will be a lot to play for as the 15-man squad for the team’s tour to England in July will be selected at the camp’s conclusion.
The camp will consist of fitness tests, fielding assessments, tactical decision-making, skills training and matches. It will be the group’s first gathering since the World Cup, with only two players from that squad, Andile Phehlukwayo and Sibonelo Makhanya, qualifying for the tour to England.
Lawrence Mahatlane is eager to embark on a new journey with the players. It is his first assignment since his appointment as head coach was announced by CSA in April of this year.
“It’s exciting times for myself and youth cricket in this country,” he said. “South Africa is spoilt with having an abundance of talented youngsters and my coaching staff and I can’t wait to see what the players attending the camp will bring to the table.
“The tour to England is definitely a big incentive for the guys selected to attend this camp. This will be a great opportunity for them to show us what they can contribute to the team,” he continued.
The selected SA U-19 squad will travel to England from 23 July to 23 August. The tour will consist of a two-match Test series and five-match ODI series.
“This tour will obviously be important as it will be our first step in setting the groundwork for ultimately defending the World Cup title in 2016,” Mahatlane added. “We had a very successful home series against England last year and we want to ensure that we keep our reputation of being a strong cricketing nation intact come the end of this tour.
“In the meantime, we will pour our energies into the preparation for this camp and ensuring that we take our best possible squad of 15 so that we can keep on target,” he concluded.
Under-19 camp squad of 25
Matthew Christensen (Western Province/Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Sibonelo Makhanya (KZN/Sunfoil Dolphins), Sohail Mahmoud (KZN Inland/Sunfoil Dolphins), Michael Stannard (Free State/Chevrolet Knights), Sean Whitehead (Free State/Chevrolet Knights), Hanco Olivier (North West/bizhub Highveld Lions), Brandon Glover (Gauteng/bizhub Highveld Lions), Ricardo Vasconcelos (Gauteng/bizhub Highveld Lions), Lesego Senokwane (North West/bizhub Highveld Lions), Katleho Leokaoke (North West/bizhub Highveld Lions), Keith Dudgeon (Gauteng/bizhub Highveld Lions), Ryan Rickelton (Gauteng/bizhub Highveld Lions), Rivaldo Moonsamy (Northerns/The Unlimited Titans), Jean Heunis (SWD/Chevrolet Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (KZN/Sunfoil Dolphins), Andrew Rushmere (Eastern Province/Chevrolet Warriors), Dayyaan Galiem (Western Province/Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras), Lwandiswa Zuma (KZN Inland/Sunfoil Dolphins), Marques Ackerman (Gauteng/bizhub Highveld Lions), Grant Roelofsen (Gauteng/bizhub Highveld Lions), Johannes Malan (Northerns/The Unlimited Titans), Alex Meyer (North West, bizhub Highveld Lions), Kabelo Sekukhune (Easterns/The Unlimited Titans), Stefan Klopper (The Unlimited Titans), Aiden Brooker (Griquas/Chevrolet Knights).