Former Proteas spinner Paul Adams has joined South Africa Under-19’s coaching staff for this month’s tour of Bangladesh.
Adams was head coach of Border in the second division of South African domestic cricket, but has not been re-contracted.
“Paul is a big plus for us,” said South Africa Under-19 head coach Malibongwe Maketa.
“Spin plays a massive role in the sub-continent and having his experience as a spinner and having played in the sub-continent numerous times, it will assist our young players to absorb as much as they can from his experience.
“A tour like this is massive for us. We would like to expose our young players to sub-continent conditions and with the Under-19 World Cup going to be played in Sri Lanka next year, this is a great opportunity for us to identity where the learning needs to occur.
“Bangladesh are a really good team at under-19 level, and will test us, there is no doubt about that. We have seen their senior national team make great gains in recent years and it is clear that this is their feeder team. So, they will offer us a great challenge that will hopefully help us grow as a team.”
Seamer Kwena Maphaka, who recently debuted for South Africa A in Sri Lanka, is in the South Africa Under-19 squad for July 2023’s five limited-overs fixtures against Bangladesh Under-19.
“Kwena is an exciting young player for the country and we’re really excited to have him lead our bowling attack,” added Maketa.
“His experience with SA A will hold him in good stead given that he’s already been to the sub-continent and his experience goes a long way in terms of uplifting the rest of the bowling attack because he’s talking from a point of experience.”
Khulna will host the first three matches on 6, 9 and 11 July – and Rajshahi the final two on 14 and 17 July.
South Africa Under-19 squad for Bangladesh tour
- Liam Alder (Warriors)
- Esa Gangat (Eastern Province)
- Thebe Gazide (Lions)
- Beni Hansen (Western Province)
- Juan James (Western Province)
- Tristan Luus (Titans)
- Kwena Maphaka (Lions)
- Dewan Marais (Easterns)
- Romashan Pillay (Dolphins)
- Sipho Potsane (Lions)
- Lhuandre Pretorius (Lions)
- Richard Seletswane (Lions)
- David Teeger (Lions)
- Johnathan van Zyl (Tuskers)
- Oliver Whitehead (Western Province)
- Martin Khumalo (Easterns)
- Riley Norton (Boland)
- Ntando Zuma (Tuskers)
- Malibongwe Maketa (head coach)
- Blanche Conradie (Team manager)
- Thabang Kumalo (fielding coach)
- Paul Adams (consultant)
- Justin Sammons (batting coach)
- Rory Kleinveldt (bowling coach)
- Curtly Diesel (strength and conditioning coach)
- Sheenagh Jordaan (physiotherapist)
- Kyle Southgate (performance analyst)