WPCA name Corrie van Zyl new CEO

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The Western Province Cricket Association have appointed new chief executive officer Corrie van Zyl.

Van Zyl has succeeded former WPCA CEO Michael Canterbury, whose tenure ended earlier this year.

Van Zyl, who has previously worked with Cricket South Africa, has been appointed on a five-year contract with the WPCA.

“This was a robust recruitment process. Corrie is a distinguished figure in South African cricket, renowned for his extensive contributions as a player, coach, and administrator,” read a statement from the WPCA.

“He has dedicated his life to the sport, earning respect and admiration within the cricketing fraternity both locally and internationally.

“Corrie was a talented fast bowler who played for Free State in the South African domestic circuit during the 1980s and 1990s. He was known for his pace and ability to swing the ball effectively and was rewarded with a number of national team call-ups.

“Upon conclusion of his playing career, Corrie successfully undertook various coaching roles, which were marked by an emphasis on discipline, strategy, and player development. This positively impacted many, many upcoming cricketers.

“On the administration front, Corrie has been employed in various pivotal roles within CSA. His expertise in cricket operations, strategic planning, and talent management has been instrumental in shaping the future of South African cricket.”

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Dolphins Cricket chief executive officer Heinrich Strydom was offered the position before van Zyl, but declined.

WPCA president Johannes Adams added: “We are privileged to have a person of the calibre of Corrie to lead the organisation at a key juncture on its journey to be the pre-eminent cricket union in South Africa.

“We have no doubt that, under his stewardship, the WPCA will foster a high-performance culture underpinned by excellence, innovation and inclusivity, driving the growth and success of cricket in the Western Province.

“We are excited to welcome Corrie as the new CEO of the Western Province Cricket Association and we look forward to working closely with and supporting him to achieve our strategic objectives on our exciting future.”

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