In the latest happening in the world of cricket, Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday has announced the 15-member squad for the five-match Youth One-day International series against the West Indies in which former Proteas fast bowler Makhaya Ntini’s son Thando Ntini was inducted.
According to the Lawrence Mahaltlane, who’s the coach of South Africa’s U-19 team believes the boys has been impressive in the domestic circuit while starting it would be a significant preparation for the 2018 Under-19 World Cup which is scheduled in New Zealand in the month of January.
“Testing ourselves against the world champions is an ideal opportunity for us as a team to see where we are with the 2018 World Cup just around the corner‚” Mahatlane was quoted as saying by Times Live.
The 50-over limited-overs series will be played in July in Pietermaritzburg and Durban respectively.
The 17-year-old fast bowler Ntini is playing for the Wynberg club before being named among the nine players who are new to the squad.
The Proteas young side will take on 2016 ICC Under-19 World Cup winners who defeated India to win the coveted trophy against at Dhaka in Bangladesh.
“It is an exciting team and with only six players having previously represented South Africa this is a great opportunity for those selected to showcase their talent,” Mahaltlane added.
Cricket South Africa’s manager for high-performance Vincent Barnes stated it would be an all-important series for South Africa.
“With the ICC Under-19 World Cup only a few months away‚ the West Indies series is a very important series for our team,” Barnes remarked.
The most-capped player in the side is Wandile Makwetu, who made his debut during the 2016 World Cup.
The fresh unit will play under the tutelage of Raynard van Tonder. However, the other six players were part of the squad when they thrashed Sri Lankan unit in January’s ODI series.
“There have been a few changes to the squad that beat Sri Lanka earlier this year and the West Indies‚ who are the current World Cup champions‚ will provide the required stiff opposition for the home side,” Barnes revealed.
Here’s the list of 15-member South Africa Under-19 squad:
Raynard van Tonder (Skipper)‚ Jesse Christensen‚ Gerald Coetzee‚ Jade de Klerk‚ Matthew Breetzke‚ Curtis Campher‚ Fraser Jones‚ Wandile Makwetu, Thando Ntini, Jiveshan Pillay, Herman Rolfes, Keenan Smith, Jacob Miltz, Andile Mokgakane and Kgaudise Molefe.