Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced the dates and squad for the South African Emerging Squad’s upcoming series against their Sri Lanka counterparts in Pretoria and Potchefstroom from 29 June – 28 July.
The emerging side will take on their sub-continent counterparts in an extended One-Day triangular series also featuring a University Sports South Africa (USSA) side before the two teams lock horns in two four-day matches.
The majority of the matches will be played in Pretoria, at the Groenkloof Oval and the Assupol Tuks Oval, while Senwes Park in Potchefstroom will be host to the opening four-day game.
The SA Emerging squad is made up of players from the CSA Powerade National Academy, which is a programme running in a three-year cycle, aimed at the successful transition of players from senior provincial cricket into professional and international cricket.
“This programme is a hugely important part of the CSA development pipeline,” commented Vincent Barnes, CSA High Performance Manager. “We’ve approached the programme and the subsequent fixtures holistically, keeping in mind our long-term goal of improving our selection pool, producing quality, professional cricketers and possible future Proteas.
“The National Academy provides a pathway for the development of the players, with the likes of Tony de Zorzi, Sinethemba Qeshile and Raynard van Tonder having all represented the SA U19s recently and have since been a part of the National Academy, going on to breaking through in franchise cricket.
“We are very excited to be hosting Sri Lanka’s emerging side, having played them in the sub-continent last year and we are sure there will be just as much competitive cricket on display, particularly with the USSA side also involved,” Barnes concluded.
SA Emerging squad:
Tony de Zorzi (Multiply Titans), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Raynard van Tonder (VKB Knights), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Wandile Makwetu (Multiply Titans), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Sibonelo Makhanya (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Eathan Bosch (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tshepang Dithole (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tladi Bokako (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Nandre Burger (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kyle Simmonds (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions), Jason Smith (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dayyaan Galiem (Multiply Titans).
SA Emerging Squad Inbound Tour against Sri Lanka
Sat 29 1st One Day Match South Africa Emerging vs Sri Lanka Emerging (Groenkloof Oval)
Sun 30 2nd One Day Match South Africa Emerging vs USSA (Groenkloof Oval)
Mon 01 3rd One Day Match Sri Lanka Emerging vs USSA (Groenkloof Ova)
Thu 04 4th One Day Match USSA vs South Africa Emerging (Tuks Oval)
Fri 05 5th One Day Match USSA vs Sri Lanka Emerging (Tuks Oval)
Sat 06 6th One Day Match South Africa Emerging vs Sri Lanka Emerging (Tuks Oval)
Tue 09 7th One Day Match Sri Lanka Emerging vs USSA (Groenkloof Oval)
Wed 10 8th One Day Match Sri Lanka Emerging vs South Africa Emerging (Groenkloof Oval)
Thu 11 9th One Day Match USSA vs South Africa Emerging (Groenkloof Oval)
Sun 14 Final T. B. C. vs T. B. C. (Tuks Oval)
Thu 18 - Sun21 1st Four Day Match South Africa Emerging vs Sri Lanka Emerging (Senwes Park)
Thu 25 – Sun 28 2nd Four Day Match South Africa Emerging vs Sri Lanka Emerging (Tuks Oval)