Search starts for next Parnell

2009-12-18 07:28

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


  • Peter Gibbs - 2009-12-18 08:08

    I have watched Colin Ackerman grow up and he has had talent from the first time he picked up a bat. His Mom,Dad and siblings have travelled many thousands of kilometers in support and everything has now come together and he has reached the top.My congratulations and best wishes go to all of you but especially to Colin. Well done my boy. You deserve it.

  • Bob - 2009-12-18 08:44

    "The first priority at this level is not to win the tournament" - huh! And this is the chairperson of the selectors, pretty shocking if you ask me.

  • Nick - 2009-12-18 08:56

    What is wrong with the original Parnell? I see he's been overlooked for this test series.

  • Willem Post - 2009-12-18 08:57

    What happened to Zander vd Merwe that plays for Khosa, he has talent and is very consistent in every way, why was he not picked or chosen as my understanding was that he was part of the initial team that was selected earlier this year?

  • St Dominics Priory - 2009-12-18 09:14

    Well done Mathew Kennedy - The first Priory school boy to represent at SA under 19 level. The entire school and all old scholars wish you well. Go get them.

  • Sean - 2009-12-18 09:45

    What's the use we have the most talented players in the world, but we have an fool like Mickey fat face Arthur that can not turn potential into reality. Problem is not with the players it is with the coach and selectors too predictable. England to kick ass with half the potential that we have.

  • Cereal_Killa - 2009-12-18 15:23

    @ Sean.....what a donkey!!!

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