The Western Province provincial academy intake for the 2020-21 season comprises young players from nine Western Province Cricket Association clubs.
The 15-player squad includes Claremont Cricket Club trio Matthew de Villiers, Josh Breed and Daniel Smith.
Gugulethu Cricket Club duo Thembani Ngicizela and Lwando Tywaku, Langa Cricket Club’s Phindile Tsolekile and Kraaifontein Cricket Club’s Sisonke Mazele have also been selected.
“In terms of assembling the academy squad, I believe we went through a thorough process in identifying some of the best young talent within the structures of the Western Province Cricket Association,” said academy coach Gurshwin Rabie.
“We also relied heavily on the input from the senior provincial coaching staff with regards to where they foresee themselves having gaps or a shortage in terms of players with certain skills sets.
“The squad that we have put together certainly brings about a bit of excitement and it also creates a huge amount of expectation for them to do well during this upcoming season. We look forward to the challenge and cannot wait for the season to get started.”
Seamer Diego du Plessis, who has been capped at first-class level and recently left Victoria Cricket Club for United Cricket Club, has also been named in the squad.
“Many of the Cape Cobras and Western Province players from past and present have come through our WP academy and we challenge this next generation to follow in their footsteps and represent our proud province and franchise,” added WPCA cricket services manager Clinton du Preez.
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Western Province 2020-21 academy squad
- Daniel Smith (Claremont Cricket Club)
- Kai Curran (Durbanville Cricket Club)
- Phindile Tsolekile (Langa Cricket Club)
- Matthew de Villiers (Claremont Cricket Club)
- Thembani Ngicizela (Gugulethu Cricket Club)
- Lwando Tywaku (Gugulethu Cricket Club)
- Jordan Woolf (Victoria Cricket Club)
- Guy Sheena (University of the Western Cape Cricket Club)
- Imraan Philander (University of the Western Cape Cricket Club)
- Siya Plaatjie (Western Province Cricket Club)
- Diego du Plessis (United Cricket Club)
- Justin Gilliland (Strandfontein Cricket Club)
- Sisonke Mazele (Kraaifontein Cricket Club)
- Kyle Pluke (University of the Western Cape Cricket Club)
- Josh Breed (Claremont Cricket Club)