Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced that the National Academy, which annually sees the country’s best and brightest players converge on the High Performance Centre in Pretoria, will include the country’s most promising women cricketers from this year onwards. The decision to incorporate female players into the Academy is a natural step for CSA in its mission to further develop the women’s game. It also falls in line with the organisation’s vision of making cricket a truly national sport of winners and accessible to all.
The Academy which started on Monday, 19 May, will be held until 28 August and will also serve as preparation for those members of the selected Momentum Proteas women’s squad, ahead of their tours to England and Sri Lanka later on in the year. Players will be given the opportunity to make use of the CSA Centre of Excellence as they aim perfect their technique, strengthen their mental stamina and life skills and learn the tools needed to pursue the highest honour of representing South Africa at senior level.
CSA General Manager of Cricket, Corrie van Zyl is delighted to see a fresh group of players coming into the Academy and looks forward to seeing their progress as the months go by. He also looks forward to introducing the players to the National Academy and raising the profile of women’s cricket in South Africa. Van Zyl said, “The Focus of the CSA National Academy is on the identified young emerging talent in our country and giving them all the tools needed to be successful at Franchise and International level. The support structures within the CSA Pipeline is of such a nature that we will now not just be able to support, develop and mould young talent at the National Academy but also monitor and measure their growth and development while they are applying their trade at Provincial and Franchise level. This support will come in the form of the CSA appointed Scouts, namely, Shukri Conrad, Victor Mpitsang and Ray Jennings. These Scouts will also be able to call on the High Performance Consultants to assist in the intervention of identified individuals. The National Women’s Academy will be based on the same principles and we are extremely proud to have our first ever intake of women’s cricket players at this year’s Academy. Part of the strategic focus of the CSA Pipeline is to make the Momentum Proteas Women’s team one of the Top four teams in World Cricket. It is with this goal in mind that these Women will be coached, developed and exposed to the National Academy in order to equip them to realise their goals as a team under the guidance of the National Women’s Head Coach, Hilton Moreeng and assisted by the HP Consultants. We have promised and have as a goal, to uplift the profile of women’s cricket in our country and this is yet another way of achieving that goal.”
Moreeng is pleased with the women’s inclusion and looks forward to getting his players familiar with the conditions of the National Academy, “It is great to be part of this historical move for women’s cricket in South Africa. This is a huge opportunity for the ladies to experience what the Academy is about and I look forward to the learning experience for us all. This inclusion can only benefit the women’s game and strengthen our players for what’s coming in the near future.”
Women’s National Academy players:
MignonDu Preez (Northerns)
Dané Van Niekerk (Eastern Province)
Trisha Chetty (KwaZulu-Natal)
Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal)
Shabnim Ismail (Western Province)
Moseline Daniels (Boland)
Bernadine Bezuidenhout (Western Province)
Hlompho Nape (Free State)
Nonkululeko Thabethe (Gauteng)
Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province)