The Highveld Lions have announced their squad for the 2018-19 season, which strikes a balance between youth and experience.
Newly appointed head coach, Enoch Nkwe, believes that these players are exactly what he needs to challenge for silverware this season.
‘As a coach, the ideal scenario is always to have depth in your squad of players. The group we have for the upcoming season gives us the option to build a side that can adapt to conditions and requirements. We will be focused on playing an aggressive brand of cricket, with our eyes squarely set on mastering the little things but also ensuring that we utilise those opportunities that might arise unexpectedly.
‘As a franchise, we have the benefit of sourcing from two senior provincial set-ups that are consistently delivering and others have taken notice. Our goal is to retain those players that show exceptional potential and provide an environment where they can hone their skills and get ready to execute when we call on them.’
Migael Pretorius, Kagiso Rapulana, Malusi Siboto and Ryan Rickelton are the new additions to the squad. Rickelton and Rapulana’s contracts come after a highly successful season with the CGL Strikers and NW Dragons – the senior provincial teams that serve as a direct pipeline to the Highveld Lions.
The leadership of the team will be confirmed and announced during the course of this month.
The Highveld Lions squad for 2018-19: Dwaine Pretorius, Reeza Hendricks, Omphile Ramela, Rassie van der Dussen, Beuran Hendricks, Dominic Hendricks, Mangaliso Mosehle, Nicky van den Bergh, Bjorn Fortuin, Wiaan Mulder, Wihan Lubbe, Yaseen Valli, Craig Alexander, Stephen Cook, Aaron Phangiso, Migael Pretorius, Kagiso Rapulana, Ryan Rickelton, Malusi Siboto, Kagiso Rabada (Proteas), Temba Bavuma (Proteas)
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