Titans batsman Tony de Zorzi will captain the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Emerging Squad which leaves on Sunday for the sub-continent to play their Sri Lanka counterparts in two four-day unofficial Test matches and three One-Day International (ODI) matches.
The players are all part of the National Academy programme which is aimed at the successful transition of players from senior provincial cricket into professional cricket.
“This programme is a highly important part of our cricket development pipeline,” commented Vinnie Barnes, CSA High Performance Manager. “It has the long-term goal of not just producing professional players and strengthening the player base but also of producing future Proteas.
“If we look at the team that undertook a similar tour to Sri Lanka in 2015, it was captained by Heinrich Klaasen and included other current Proteas in Aiden Markram and Junior Dala. And there are others over the last few years who have already made their mark at franchise level. These include Zubayr Hamza, Kyle Verrynne, Senuran Muthusamy and Tladi Bokako.
“I would like to thank Sri Lanka Cricket for hosting us for the third time in the last four years. The bulk of international cricket is played on the sub-continent these days and it is vital our emerging talent is exposed to the playing conditions there as early as possible,” concluded Barnes.
CSA Emerging Squad: Tony de Zorzi (Multiply Titans), Ryan Rickleton (bizhub Highveld Lions), Jiveshan Pillay (Multiply Titans), Matthew Breezke (Warriors), Kagiso Rapulana (bizhub Highveld Lions), Raynard van Tonder (VKB Knights), Thsepang Dithole (bizhub Highveld Lions), Gary Mahlokana (Multiply Titans), Smangaliso Nhlebela (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Junaid Dawood (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Onke Nyaku (Warriors), Ethan Bosch (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Nandre Burger (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kerwin Mungroo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors)
The opener is hoping England’s top order can fire in the final two Tests against Pakistan.
Journalist Shakir Abbasi hopes the popularity of the clip will help to get some cricket facilities built in the region.
Stevens bagged five for 50 at Canterbury.
Cricket Australia (CA) says it's...
Anderson admitted he struggled to find his groove as he laboured for match figures of one for 97 in last week’s victory over Pakistan.
The 38-year-old feels he is being written off ‘after one bad game’.
Somerset wrapped up victory in just two days.
He is preparing to travel to New Zealand.
Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler shared an important sixth-wicket partnership that set up a three-wicket victory at Old Trafford.
Butter’s 75 on day four helped England to victory over Pakistan in the first Test.