Mihlali Mpongwana, Valentine Kitime included in CSA’s 2024 Academy intake

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Cricket South Africa have announced the men’s and women’s Emerging Academy intake for 2024.

Western Province all-rounder Mihlali Mpongwana has been included in the men’s intake. He has previously been named in the Proteas Test and ODI squads, but has not yet debuted international cricket.

The Emerging Academy was previously called the National Academy before being renamed this year.

The men will work with Emerging Academy coach Malibongwe Maketa from May to July 2024.

The women will work with Emerging Academy coach Dinesha Devnarain from June to July 2024.

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2024 CSA Emerging Academy intake – men

  1. Jade de Klerk (Border)
  2. Dian Forrester (Knights)
  3. Valentine Kitime (Western Province)
  4. Duan Jansen (North West)
  5. Tristan Luus (Dolphins)
  6. Dewan Marais (Easterns)
  7. Litheko Modiri (Northern Cape)
  8. Mihlali Mpongwana (Western Province)
  9. Nipho Mpungose (Knights)
  10. Nqaba Peter (Lions)
  11. Caleb Seleka (North West)
  12. Andile Simelane (Dolphins)
  13. Ntando Zuma (Tuskers)

2024 CSA Emerging Academy intake – women

  1. Anneke Bosch (Titans)
  2. Annere Dercksen (South Western Districts)
  3. Lara Goodall (Western Province)
  4. Gandhi Jafta (Titans)
  5. Leah Jones (Western Province)
  6. Tebogo Macheke (Titans)
  7. Oluhle Siyo (Boland)
  8. Asakhe Nyovane (South Western Districts)
  9. Nondumiso Shangase (Dolphins)
  10. Kayla Reynecke (Western Province)
  11. Miane Smit (Free State)
  12. Saarah Smith (Western Province)
  13. Nkululeko Thabathe (Lions)
  14. Delmi Tucker (Western Province)
  15. Faye Tunnicliffe (Western Province)

What CSA head of high performance Grant van Helden said

“In line with the dynamic shifts in international cricket and our bold 2027 vision, the reimagining of our national academy marks a pivotal moment,” said van Helden.

“The emergence of the 2024 CSA Emerging Academy underscores our commitment to bridging the gap between domestic and international cricket.

“By honing in on personalised technical and tactical growth over an intensive period, we’re fast-tracking the development of a select group of players and this forward-looking approach not only speaks to the immediate needs of our Proteas teams, but also lays the groundwork for sustained excellence.”

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