CSA names training squad

2012-08-13 13:40

Cape Town - Thirteen of South Africa’s most promising young spin bowlers and batsmen left for India on Monday to participate in a high level training camp in Bangalore

The squad consists of six spinners, six batsmen and one fast bowler.

The aim of the camp is to ensure that these talented players are exposed to different playing conditions as well as giving them vital experience as part of their career development and growth.

Cricket South Africa’s general manager: cricket, Corrie Van Zyl, believes that this opportunity is crucial for the players at this stage of their careers.

“We have selected the most talented young spin bowlers and talented black African batsmen for this camp,” said Van Zyl.

“While the Proteas and the SA ‘A’ team are currently abroad, those waiting in the wings will have the opportunity to further hone their skills before the start of the domestic season.

“We identified some of the most talented Black African batsmen in an attempt to further develop their skill set. We want to develop their skill of playing spin bowling on spin friendly wickets which will stand them in good stead for the future,” Van Zyl added.

Van Zyl also confirmed that former Proteas’ left-arm spinner, Nicky Boje, will accompany the squad. This is due to the resignation of CSA’s High Performance Spin Consultant, Paul Adams, who was recently appointed as coach of the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras.

 “I’m also happy to have someone as experienced as Nicky on board. He is a fantastic person to mentor our next generation of spinners and we look forward to calling upon his expertise to ensure proper development of our spin bowlers,” explained Van Zyl.

The following players will form the spin bowling group:

Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras)
Siya Simetu (Cape Cobras)
Eddie Leie (Highveld Lions)
Simon Harmer (Warriors)
Shaun Von Berg (Titans)
Tabraiz Shamsi (Dolphins)

Fast bowler:

Ayavuya Myoli (Border)

The following players will form the batting group:

Khaya Zondo (Dolphins)
Omphile Ramela (Highveld Lions)
Grant Mokoena (Highveld Lions)
Tumelo Bodibe (Titans)
Mangeliso Mosehle (Titans)
Luthando Mnyanda (SWD)

The camp will last nine days and these players will be taken through their paces by legendary coaches such as Sunil Joshi and Umesh Patwal who is also the director the Global Cricket Academy in Mumbai, India, which CSA has successfully used in the past.


  • jonathan.faurie - 2012-08-13 14:18

    Why no white players. why is South Africa still being divided down racial lines. 18 years on from democacy and we are still the most racist nation in the world. it is so sad.

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-08-13 14:24

      jonathan.faurie This goes to show that you dont follow your cricket. You just obessesed with race. Simon Harmer is White. Shaun Von Burg is White. Emanicipate yourself from racial slavery please.

      mphumzi.tati - 2012-08-13 14:32

      Th squad is balanced man, there is only 1 black spin bowler out 6...let's just b happy about their achievements...

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-08-13 14:32

      jonathan.faurie Clearly you dont follow local cricket. All you see is race race and more race. Simon Harmer is white. Shaun Von Burg is White. If race is all you see, then you should seek help

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-08-13 14:39

      mphumzi.tati Even you dont follow local cricket you just look at race... Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras) - Coloured Siya Simetu (Cape Cobras) - Black African Eddie Leie (Highveld Lions) - Black African Simon Harmer (Warriors) - White Shaun Von Berg (Titans) - White Tabraiz Shamsi (Dolphins) - Indian So What do you mean that there is only one black spinner.... its not about colour dude.

      ryanbrew - 2012-08-13 14:41

      @ Jonathan - it seems the only person who is blinded by race issues is you. the first comment made here is about race, and yet it was incorrect. you obviously read the first few "non-white" names and assumed there were no white players!!!!! Secondly these are the guys being developed who are not yet able to play for SA or for the SA "A" teams, which you will note are majority white! This is about developing young players who have talent, and each one of the names mentioned here are up and coming young cricketers. If you are a true cricket supporter you would recognise some of these names. I am excited to see that Zondo, Bodibe and Mosehle in the squad, they have all shown promise with the bat, while Dane Peidt and Simon Harmer show real potential as spinners - Harmer really does look like he could develop into something special.

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-13 17:38

      Emancipate yourself from pie vreeting

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