Maritzburg College first XI fast bowler Mondli Khumalo has been selected in the SA U19 World Cup cricket team for the ICC U19 World cup to be held in SA early next year.
The team was announced today.
Mondli hails from Umlazi and went to Glenwood Prep before earning a Sunfoil bursary to the home of Goldstones and the Red Black and White.
DESDESIGNSDOT feature foto: Mondli Khumalo was at his electric best on the Roy Gaythorne Oval at Michaelhouse towards the end of last year. Mondli will be looking for the same at the 2019 Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week hosted by the Balgowan school.
It is a triumph for the Umlazi Express who has experienced considerable disappointment this year as well as last year, but more about that in an upcoming feature.
Mondli, who has been capped for SA U19 before (2018), as well as SA Schools (2017) is the lone KZN player in the national side.
SA U19 and SA Schools-capped Glenwood fast bowler Lifa Ntanzi would surely have been a strong consideration (arguably a certainty) for the World Cup had a back injury not side-lined him for 6 months.
Cricket SA announced in a press release today that King Edward VII School’s Bryce Parsons will captain the SA side for the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup which is to be held in SA early next year.
When first appointed captain of SA U19 for the Pakistan limited-over series in KZN during June\July this year, Parsons told SA Cricket Mag: “Most players love the extra challenges in the game, and I am no different.
“I just want to take this challenge of captaincy in my stride and lead from the front with the players,” he added.
‘If you are doing well as a captain, the whole team will have confidence. I just have to focus on doing what I do best and then try and lead the team.”
SA Cricket Mag says today:
The vice-captain is Khanya Cotani of North West. The team also includes 2018 St Andrews School Bloemfontein kingpin all-rounder and fast bowler Gerald Coetzee of the Free State, a member of the SA U19 team that played in the last ICC U19 World Cup tournament in New Zealand in 2018 and who has already played franchise cricket for the Knights as well as for the Jozi Stars in the MSL.
The squad will fine-tune its preparation during a home series against world champions India at the end of the year and in a quadrangular series that follows against India, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
“Congratulations to all the players who have been selected as well as the management and support staff,’ commented CSA acting chief executive Dr Jacques Faul.”
“I am sure head coach Lawrence Mahatlane, his fellow selectors and our talent scouts around the country have left no stone unturned in identifying our best players in this age group and that the work done at the various training camps will be well rewarded.
“I wish our players everything of the best for a successful tournament and know that they will make us proud.
“I would also like to acknowledge the work done by tournament director Sivuyile Mqingwana as well as by the local organising committees at our four hosting venues.’
“South Africa U19 head coach Mahatlane said: “It was a tough process selecting this squad. We went through quite a lot of players, giving quite a few players an opportunity and we are very excited with the squad we selected.
“There is a lot of flexibility with some special talent around, I am personally excited about this group and I am sure they will make the nation proud.
‘Bryce is a natural leader. The tone that he has set and the growth we have seen over the last couple of months, it was very natural for us to back him as a leader.
“He captained the side throughout the winter and we have seen a lot of growth in him, not only tactically, but also as a person. Hopefully, he will keep doing the country proud.”
Squad: Bryce Parsons (Central Gauteng, capt), Khanya Cotani (North West, vice-capt), Luke Beaufort (Eastern Province), Jonathan Bird (Western Province), Merrick Brett (Northerns), Achille Cloete (Boland), Gerald Coetzee (Free State), Tyrese Karelse (South Western Districts), Mondli Khumalo (KwaZulu-Natal), Jack Lees (Central Gauteng), Andrew Louw (Northern Cape), Levert Manje (Central Gauteng), Odirile Modimokoane (North West), Pheko Moletsane (Free State), Tiaan van Vuuren (Eastern Province).