‘Immense addition’ as Boland name Justin Ontong head coach

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Boland have appointed former Proteas fielding coach Justin Ontong head coach ahead of South Africa’s 2023-24 domestic season.

Ontong has succeeded former Boland head coach JP Duminy, who has joined the Proteas’ support staff.

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“Having Justin on board as the head coach is an immense addition to our organisation,” said Cricket Boland chief executive officer James Fortuin.

“We believe his tactical prowess and leadership skills will bring a renewed energy to the team. With Ontong’s guidance and the players’ dedication, we are confident that we will achieve our goals.

“Throughout his career, the now 43-year-old Ontong, who was born and bred in Paarl, has built a solid reputation as an astute and knowledgeable cricket strategist.

“His background in cricket, which includes playing for the Proteas in all three formats, has made him a popular figure in the cricket fraternity – even in international cricket circles.

“Ontong, who was a stylish middle-order batsman and off-spinner, is committed to the development of the immense local cricket talent pool in the Boland, while he also possesses the know-how of what it takes to succeed at international level.”

What Ontong said

Ontong, who played two Tests, 28 ODIs and 14 T20Is from 2001 to 2015, added: “I am honoured to be given this opportunity to lead the team.

“I have worked with several different teams and understand what it takes to build a winning team. My focus will be to ensure that all the players are working towards the same goal and remain motivated.

“I am excited about the prospects of this new journey and I look forward to working with the team and fans.”

New Boland signings

Boland have signed Proteas cricketers Keegan Petersen and Glenton Stuurman, who have left the Dolphins and Warriors, respectively.

Boland have also recruited batsman Aviwe Mgijima and seamer Akhona Mnyaka from Western Province and the Warriors, respectively.

Meanwhile, batsman Ruan Terblanche and Khwezi Gumede have left Boland for South Western Districts.

Batsman Valentine Kitime and seamer Bamanye Xenxe have also left Boland for Western Province and North West, respectively.

Cricket Boland president Godwin von Willingh added: “The appointment of Ontong as the head coach is a clear indication of our desire to root the Rocks in our local community, while recognising our role in a global and globalising cricket world.”

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