CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today named the men’s and women’s intake for this year’s Powerade National Academy Programme.
This includes 4 bizhub Highveld Lions players in the Powerade SA National Academy Men’s Squad, namely Ryan Rickelton, Nandre Burger and Thsepang Dithole all hailing from Gauteng and North West captain Kagiso Rapulana
Whilest in the Powerade SA National Academy Women’s Squad Palesa Mapoo and Robyn Searle of Gauteng have been called up.
The women’s programme will start on May 21 and the men’s programme the following day. Both programmes will run until July 27. Thereafter the SA Emerging Men’s squad will be named for the tour of Sri Lanka in August which will consist of three four-day matches and three one-day matches.
“The Powerade National Academy Programme forms a very strategic part of our developmental pipeline,” commented CSA General Manager: Cricket, Corrie van Zyl, “and has as its aim to prepare young players for the demands of professional cricket. These selected players that are carefully identified include previous graduates of the SA U/19 programme, performing Senior Provincial and emerging Franchise players.
“This past year saw a highly successful SA Emerging Squad away series against Zimbabwe A and it has been highly encouraging to see the manner in which a number of them have gone on to the next level of making their franchise squads.
“In addition, two members of the Powerade National Academy intake last year – Lungi Ngidi and Wiaan Mulder – went on to represent the Standard Bank Proteas. Ngidi is currently making his Test debut against India.
“Odine Kirsten, who was a member of the Women’s National Academy intake last year, represented the Momentum Proteas at the ICC Women’s World Cup.
“This confirms that this programme is living up to its expectations to assist CSA and its Members to develop the identified players in such a way that will produce quality players for our domestic competitions as well as prepare them for future international participation.”
“Powerade has been an avid supporter of sports in South Africa and is a proud partner of Cricket South Africa as the official hydration partner to the Proteas,” commented Kamini Redhi, Senior Brand Manager Advanced Hydration. “Together with Cricket South Africa, Powerade is committed to providing young South African cricketers with the means to achieve their performance goals through the academy. We are incredibly excited about the young cricketing talent that will pass through the academy and are proud to be playing our part in their development,” Redhi added.
“Once again I must extend our thanks to Powerade. As the CSA High Performance programme sponsor, they have made a meaningful impact on the development of these upcoming players,” concluded Van Zyl.
This year’s men’s intake includes several members of the Coca-Cola SA under-19 side currently playing at the ICC under-19 World Cup in New Zealand – captain Raynard van Tonder, Matthew Breetzke and Jiveshan Pillay – as well as several others who have previously represented South Africa at this level.
Powerade SA National Academy Men’s Squad: Ryan Rickelton (bizhub Highveld Lions), Jiveshan Pillay (Multiply Titans), Matthew Breezke (Warriors), Tony de Zorzi (Multiply Titans), Kagiso Rapulana (bizhub Highveld Lions), Raynard van Tonder (VKB Knights), Thsepang Dithole (bizhub Highveld Lions), Gary Mahlokana (Multiply Titans), Smangaliso Nhlebela (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Junaid Dawood (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Onke Nyaku (Warriors), Ethan Bosch (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Nandre Burger (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kerwin Mungroo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Mthiwekhaya Nabe (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Sinethemba Queshile (Warriors)
Powerade SA National Academy Women’s Squad: Palesa Mapoo (Gauteng), Nadia Mbokotwana (WP), Saarah Smith (WP), Nondumiso Shangase (KZN Coastal), Izel Cilliers (Free State), Anneke Bosch (North West), Robyn Searle (Gauteng), Tumi Sekhukhune (Easterns), Stacey Lackay (Boland), Gandhi Jafta (Border), Lara Goodall (WP), Tatum le Roux (WP), Zintle Mali (Border), Faye Tunnicliffe (Boland)