Eight spin bowlers and six batsmen from South Africa’s franchises are being sent to a spin bowling course in Mumbai, India, from May 14 to 21.
They include Proteas-capped Aaron Phangiso, Simon Harmer and Dane Piedt as well as aspiring bowlers such as Bjorn Fortuin, George Linde and Tshepo Ntuli.
Also attending are six batsmen, including Temba Bavuma, Dane Vilas, Stiaan van Zyl and Reeza Hendricks.
The spin school is held annually, either in India or Sri Lanka.
‘The programme has been one of the major features on the high performance skills programme, said CSA High Performance Manager, Vinnie Barnes.
‘Simon Harmer, Dane Piedt, Prenalen Subrayen and Keshav Maharaj, who have been on previous spin camps, have seen the benefits of working with top Indian spin coaches. It has also become quite an important initiative to improve our batsmen techniques and game plans against spin. Bavuma, Rossouw and Van Zyl are some of the batsmen who have credited their improvement of batting against spin to the spin camp.’
The eight selected spin bowlers are: Bjorn Fortuin (Highveld Lions), Simon Harmer (Warriors), George Linde (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Tshepo Ntuli (Knights), Aaron Phangiso (Highveld Lions), Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras), Prenelan Subrayen (Dolphins).
The selected batsmen are: Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Titans), Smangaliso Nhlebela (KZN Inland), Hector Ngobeni (Limpopo), Stiaan van Zyl (Cape Cobras), Dane Vilas (Cape Cobras).
Both Nhlebela and Ngobeni have been identified through the CSA Franchise Regional Academy system.
The group will be accompanied by CSA batting consultant, HD Ackerman, and CSA spin bowling consultant, Claude Henderson.