3 WP representatives in CSA Academy squads for 2023

Mihlali Mpongwana in CSA AcademyMihlali Mpongwana.

Cricket South Africa have confirmed the Men’s and Women’s Academy squads for 2023.

Western Province all-rounder Mihlali Mpongwana has been included in the Men’s Academy squad.

Western Province duo Andrie Steyn and Leah Jones have been named in the Women’s Academy squad.

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2023 Men’s Academy squad

  1. Liam Alder (Lions)
  2. Matthew Boast (Titans)
  3. Dewald Brevis (Titans)
  4. Okuhle Cele (Titans)
  5. Michael Copeland (Boland)
  6. Jordan Hermann (Warriors)
  7. Duan Jansen (North West)
  8. Valentine Kitime (Boland)
  9. Andile Mokgakane (KwaZulu-Natal Inland)
  10. Mihlali Mpongwana (Western Province)
  11. Siya Plaatjie (Warriors)
  12. Josh Richards (Lions)
  13. Caleb Seleka (North West)
  14. Andile Simelane (Dolphins)
  15. Musa Twala (Titans)
  16. Mitchell van Buuren (Lions)
  17. Nealan van Heerden (Knights)
  18. George van Heerden (Boland)

2023 Women’s Academy squad

  1. Andrie Steyn (Western Province)
  2. Nondumiso Shangase (Dolphins)
  3. Nobulumko Baneti (Dolphins)
  4. Raisibe Ntozakhe (Lions)
  5. Jenay Winster (South Western Districts)
  6. Mieke De Ridder (South Western Districts)
  7. Tebogo Macheke (Titans)
  8. Michaela Andrews (South Western Districts)
  9. Annerie Dercksen (South Western Districts)
  10. Leah Jones (Western Province)
  11. Oluhle Siyo (Lions)
  12. Asakhe Nyovane (South Western Districts)
  13. Jenna Evans (Lions)
  14. Eliz Mari Marx (Titans)
  15. Ayanda Hlubi (Dolphins)
  16. Refilwe Moncho (Lions)

What Cricket South Africa said

“The national academy is run annually and forms an important part of the CSA high-performance pipeline as it prepares players for professional cricket at the highest level,” read a statement from CSA.

“Players are selected in line with stringent performance criteria, including performing provincial players and previous graduates of the SA Under-19.”

“The men’s programme will run from 1 May to the end of July 2023, while the women’s programme will run from 1 June to the end of July 2023 at the CSA Centre of Excellence.

“In addition to the three-month camp, individual intervention coaching, and monitoring visits are conducted at provincial level.”

CSA high-performance manager Vincent Barnes said: “The CSA Academy programmes are an integral part of our cricket development pipeline.

“It is significantly important in achieving our long-term strategy of not just producing professional players and strengthening the player base but also to produce future Proteas.

“The Covid-19 pandemic had a massive impact on our ability to roll out our high-performance programmes as needed over the past three years, but I am looking forward to welcoming our exceptional cricket talent back to the CSA Centre of Excellence.”

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