Cape Town - Roger
Telemachus is backing his young charges to come good when KwaZulu-Natal Coastal
open their Pool C campaign at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley in the inaugural
Africa T20 Cup competition.
Proteas fast bowler has been coach of the provincial side for some time and he
is liking what he is seeing coming through the amateur ranks and the
four-and-a-half years I have been here we have struggled in the three-day
competition, but we have done really well in the limited overs competition and
I believe this new T20 Cup will suit us very nicely,” said Telemachus.
“Some of our
youngsters have already proven their worth at franchise level. Andile
Phehlukwayo is a case in point and another is Sibonelo Makhanya who has captained
South Africa at Under-19 level. I gave a first outing to Jason Oakes as a
wicketkeeper-batsman at the end of last season and I was impressed with what he
Kirsten has had a good season in England and I am hoping that he has finally
put behind him the injuries that have plagued him over the last three seasons.
He is a big man and, when he is fully fit, he can bowl as quickly as anybody in
the country and get good bounce as well.”
feels that this competition provides the ideal platform for younger players to
make their mark and establish their careers. “I have been looking at some of
the other squads where you have Hashim Amla playing for Boland and Vernon
Philander for SWD. Can you imagine what it means to young players to get the
opportunity to play against some of our great legends of the game?” he stated.
KZN will not
be short of experience either. “David Miller and Craig Delport have proven
themselves to be among the best game changers in this format anywhere in the
world. They can change the course of a game in a matter of balls,” he added.
grouped with Eastern Province, Griquas and Namibia and Telemachus is weary of
all of them. “Our obvious initial aim is to get through to the next stage. The
game against Griquas could be particularly difficult. They will be playing on
their home turf and you never know quite what you are going to get there.”
Cameron Delport, Khalipha Cele, David Miller, Senuran Muthusamy, Keshav
Maharaj, Daniel Sincuba, Sibonelo Makhanya, Andile Phehlukwayo, Craig Kirsten,
Brandon Scullard, Jason Oakes, Rabian Engelbrecht, Mishkal Ramsaroop
Support staff: Roger Telemachus (head coach), Bheki Nyathikazi (assistant coach), Jay