Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday, announced the 15-strong Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s squad to take part in the 12th edition of the ICC U19 World Cup in New Zealand from 13 January to 03 February 2018. The team will be captained by Free State’s Raynard van Tonder, who will lead the side for his third major tour.
Other exciting selections include opening batsman Matthew Breetzke, who has already made his franchise debut for the Warriors and was the leading run scorer for the aspiring Proteas with 238 runs in their recently concluded Youth One-Day triangular series against England and Namibia in Potchefstroom. Gauteng’s Wandile Makwetu also cracked a nod for the second time and is the only player selected in the team with previous World Cup experience. The wicket-keeper/batsman was a part of the Bangladesh tournament in 2016.
In the bowling department, 17-year-old Thando Ntini looks set to follow in his father, former Proteas fast bowler, Makhaya Ntini’s footsteps. The youngster has impressed selectors over the last 12 months and earned his spot to appear in youth cricket’s biggest event.The U19 World Cup which is held every two years, will see 16 teams face off for a chance to claim the 2018 honours. South Africa, under the captaincy of recently capped Proteas Test opening batsman, Aiden Markram won the 2014 edition of the competition. Players born on or after 1 September 1998 are eligible to participate.
South Africa will make up Group A with the hosts, New Zealand, defending champions West Indies and Kenya. Group B comprises Australia, India, PNG and Zimbabwe; Group C includes Bangladesh, Canada, England and Namibia and Group D rounds off with Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Ireland.