Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday announced
the 16-man South Africa under-19 squad to tour Sri Lanka in June.
The team will be led by all-rounder, Wiaan Mulder, of
The tour, from June 25 to July 13, will see the sides play
two Youth Tests as well as three One-Day Internationals (ODI). The side will
see some exciting changes as 14 players will make their debut.
Coach Lawrence Mahatlane believes that this is a good opportunity
for players who had previously just missed out on selection to show what they
are made of and to prove themselves.
Mahatlane is looking forward to mining fresh talent and
preparing for the new cycle of the Under-19 programme.
“It’s the start of a new cycle and we’re looking forward to
starting afresh with exciting new talents. We have a really good mixture of
youngsters and some experienced campaigners who would have previously only just
missed out on a chance to make the side. It’s true that there are some injuries
that are keeping some of our more experienced players from touring, but this
gives an opportunity for new players to show us what they’re made of,” the
“It’s always good to tour the subcontinent and expose our
players to conditions that they would not otherwise play in. The Test series
especially is going to be really exciting, I think this will be a good
growth-opportunity for the players under the leadership of Wiaan Mulder. He has
a lot of experience and good knowledge of the game to offer the youngsters. I
look forward to seeing him captain the side and leading from the front.”
Mulder is excited and humbled to be named captain.
“I know a lot of people say this, but this is a dream come
true,” he said. “I’m really excited and feel extremely privileged to be
selected for the team firstly, and second, to be given the job of captaining
the team. I don’t take this opportunity lightly and I’m excited to get to Sri
Lanka and play good cricket.”
Mulder was part of the team that took part in the ICC Under-19
World Cup. He is keen to take the lessons from the tournament and implement
them with this new group.
“We learned a lot of things in Bangladesh, it was a tough
tour, but that’s gone and we have new and exciting challenges ahead of us. Playing
Test cricket at this age is a huge privilege, even if it is the four-day
version, and I want to take this team forward and leave the game in a better
place than I found it,” he concluded.
The team depart for Colombo on June 17. They will gather for
a training camp beforehand.
Coca-Cola South Africa Under-19 team to Sri Lanka:
Wiaan Mulder (captain, Gauteng), Eathan Bosch (KZN Inland),
Jerome Bossr (KZN), Jesse Christensen (Western Province), Jade de Klerk
(Eastern Province), Wandile Makwetu (Gauteng), Akhona Mnyaka (Border), Daniel
Moriarty (Western Province), Vezokuhle Mtungwa (Boland), William Sendin
(Boland), Kenan Smith (Eastern Province), Siphamandla Krweque (Border), *Jashua
van Heerden (Northerns), Reinhard van Tonder (Free State), Ricardo Vasconceles
(Boland), *Mitchell van Buuren (Gauteng).
*Van Buuren replaces van Heerden for the ODI series.