Cape Town - The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) has announced the appointments
of several highly acclaimed and decorated coaches in key positions to further
entrench their pipeline structures as the province, one of the country’s
premier nurseries in producing national players, prepare for the 2017/18 season.
Paul Adams’ appointment as Western Province Academy and
provincial Under-19 coach was confirmed by the WPCA
Adams won five trophies during his tenure as coach of the Cape
Cobras. He represented South Africa in 45 Tests and 24 One Day Internationals.
Siya Sibiya, one of the coaches under whose watch Western
Province won the CSA Incentive Scorecard category two academy programme in 2017,
has been appointed as coach of the Western Province Under-15 and Under-17 teams.
Charles Clacher is the newly appointed Western Province
coaching education manager.
Jerry Malilwana will take charge of the Western Province Under-11
and Under-13 teams.
“We feel confident that the appointment of these coaches will
provide Western Province with a sound platform to develop talented teens into
21-year-old franchise players with the technical prowess, the sound
temperaments and the self-belief to make Western Province and the Cobras
realistic trophy hunters in all three formats,” said Nabeal Dien, chief
executive officer of the WPCA.
“We believe that as custodians of the under-age players,
these coaches will fulfill their mission to provide an expert foundational phase
for the future excellence of their charges,” Dien added.
“The past two seasons, our HUBS program and our Academy were
award-winning entities and these appointments will add to our effectiveness. I
am overjoyed,” said Clinton du Preez, manager of amateur cricket at WPCA.
Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA, says the
appointments are important, because it show deliberate intent to nurture talent
from a very young age. “It is an exciting new chapter of Western Province and
ultimately might bolster amateur, semi-professional and professional cricket,”