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Cricket South Africa (CSA) have named a squad of 36 players for a Girls U-19 Talent Acceleration Programme (TAP) camp set to take place between 04-07 March 2022 in the High-Performance Centre in Pretoria.
This is the first Girls U19 Camp in preparation for the ICC U19 T20 World Cup to be held in January 2023 and will provide an opportunity for them to play competitive cricket against each other before an adjusted 24-player squad is selected.
The players will be divided into three teams and will play internal T20 Matches at the TUKS Oval in Pretoria and at The Walter Milton at WITS University.
CSA Acting Head of Cricket Pathways, Edward Khoza said; “The TAP Program aims to acknowledge the needs of the cricketers that were identified during the CSA Girls Under 19 and 16 age group weeks that took place over the month of December 2021.”
“The identified talent will be taken through their paces as we detect possible performance gaps that can be utilized to structure individual programmes with the intent of optimizing individual future performances.”
“This process is a steppingstone to the selection of the SA U19 team that will be partaking in the inaugural ICC Women’s U19 World Cup scheduled to take place early next year and is geared to provide more and better opportunities for our female pathway,” Khoza concluded.
CSA Girl’s U19 and National Academy Head Coach, Dinesha Devnarain shared her sentiments about the preparations as she looks forward to the girls playing an expressive brand of cricket and being competitive at a higher level.
“This is only the first step towards World Cup preparations; we will be hosting Talent Acceleration Programmes throughout the year, and will create more opportunities and competition in our National Academy programme, said Devnarain”
“It’s an inaugural tournament and I am so pleased that we can have a high-performance structure for the development of the game in South Africa.”
“I believe we have a core group of girls that will be involved in the road map to the World Cup, and I hope they go back home motivated to up their skills and meet the demands of international cricket,” Devnarain concluded.
The U19 Girls team will also take part in the 2022 Women’s Super league.
U19 GIRLS TAP CAMP SQUAD:
Maphangula Amogelang (Northerns), Zaayman Demica (Central Gauteng Lions), Busane Nonhle Nobuhle (KZN Coastal), Swart Anica (North West), Jacobs Jada (Western Province), Mashiloane Mpumelelo (Easterns), Gates Erica (Free State), Swanepoel Samantha (Central Gauteng Lions), Moncho Refilwe (Central Gauteng Lions), Akani Mashimbyi (Limpopo), Legodi Mona-Lisa (Northerns), Wyngaard Caitlin (Western Proviince), Kontopirakis Alexia (Western Province), Cronje Thristan (Central Gauteng Lions), Nzuza Luyanda (KZN Coastal), Nyovane Asakhe (Border), Botha Jemma (Western Province), Ramlakan Diara (Central Gauteng Lions), Evans Jenna (Central Gauteng Lions), Reyneke Kayla (Western Province), Reddy Kiara (Central Gauteng Lions), Barber Sarah (KZN Inland), Manyaga Itumeleng (Limpopo), Khoza Bless (Limpopo), Yaso Sinelethu (Western Province), Lourens Simone (Northerns), Janse Van Rensburg Elandri (North West), Meso Karabo (Central Gauteng Lions), Siyo Oluhle (Central Gauteng Lions), Smit Miane (Free State), Landsman Madison (Easterns), Abbott Kayla (Central Gauteng Lions), Naidu Seshnie (KZN Coastal), Van Rooyen Kaylee (Central Gauteng Lions), Katlego Sethlodi (North West), Vos Christelize (Free State), Nini Nthabiseng (North West), Hlubi Ayanda (KZN Coastal), Ibrahim Humaira (North West), Ngubane Sisanda (KZN Coastal).
MANAGEMENT FOR THIS CAMP: Angelique Taai (Coach -Team 1), Claire Terblanche (Coach -Team 2), Wynand Schmitt (Coach – Team 3), Adele Van Eck (Analyst), Omphile Dikgesti (Strength and Conditioning), Jolandi Jacobs (Strength and Conditioning), Sheenagh Jordaan (Physiotherapist), Marcia Letsalo (Manager and Logistics).