Search starts for next Parnell

2009-12-18 07:28
Wayne Parnell (Gallo Images)
Altus Momberg

Cape Town – The hunt for the next Wayne Parnell starts next month when the South African Under-19 team takes part in the World Cup tournament in New Zealand.

South African Schools, Academy and Under-19 teams were selected on Wednesday night after the Khaya Majola Cricket Week in Benoni.

Parnell was the Under-19 Proteas’ captain when they lost to India in the final of the World Cup tournament in Malaysia two years ago.

Shafiek Abrahams, a former national team spinner and the current chairperson of the Under-19 selectors, expressed confidence on Thursday that the team will perform well in New Zealand.

“The first priority at this level is not to win the tournament. We want to produce players that can play for South Africa in the future. That is our first job,” said Abrahams.

“We also want to create opportunities for players. There are only six franchises in South African cricket these days and this tournament is an opportunity for young players to possibly convince one of the franchises they are worthy of a contract.”

The team that reached the final in 2008 is a perfect example.

Parnell, who has become a key player in the Proteas’ ODI and Twenty20 sides, was an obvious success story. A number of the top performers have also subsequently made their mark.

Rilee Rossouw and Reeza Hendricks are key batsmen for the Eagles, while Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors) and Pieter Malan (Titans) regularly play for their regional teams.

“I don’t like singling out players, but we have a number of stars for the future. Colin Ackerman has scored a lot of runs over the past few months while Lions spinner Dale Deeb is also showing a lot of promise,” said Abrahams.

Former Proteas coach Ray Jennings will coach the Under-19 side in New Zealand.

The teams are:

SA Under-19:
Josh Richards (captain), Samuel Mofokeng, David White, Colin Ackerman, Matthew Kennedy, Simon Khomari, Stephan Smit, Bokang Mosena, Dale Deeb, Graham Hume, Malcolm Nofal, Dominic Hendricks, Cody Chetty, Rabian Engelbrecht, Jerry Ngolo.

SA Schools:

Josh Richards (captain), Mujahiid Behardiend, Andre Malan, Matthew Hullet, David White, Malcolm Nofal, Bokang Mosena, Calvin Savage, Siyabulela Simetu, Sammy Mofokeng, Itumeleng Moseke


Chanderpaul emulates Lloyd

2014-09-16 20:18


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring


New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!

Soon sending an LOL! or facepalm will be so much more fun!


For chic geeks...

Puppy goes crazy over iPad game
Printable solar panels will bring exciting new opportunities!
Now there’s a special lane for texting while walking
LOL! 7 brutally honest texts from parents
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs

Which cricketer is currently of most value to the Proteas' Test team?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.