CSA has named a provisional 18-man SA U19 squad for next year’s U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
The final 15-man list and three non-travelling reserves will be announced in December.
Lions batsman David Teeger will captain the side, which includes five players new to the SA U19 setup: Esosa Aihevba (Lions), Adam Cannata (Titans), Nqobani Mokoena (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Juan Steyn (Easterns) and Steve Stolk (Titans).
Teeger was part of the squad that toured Bangladesh in July for a five-match one-day series and finished as the top run-scorer with 205 at an average of 41.
In preparation for the World Cup, which takes place from 13 January to 4 February, the players will continue to train in their provinces before the squad gathers for a week-long camp in Durban from 9-15 December.
The players will then go on to compete in the Khaya Majola Week in Makhanda from 16-20 December.
The World Cup squad will travel to Sri Lanka on 26 December where they will participate in a training camp and warm-up matches ahead of the tournament.
“It is an exciting group of players that have been earmarked for the World Cup and we’re looking forward to building on the experience of the Bangladesh tour,” said SA U19 head coach Malibongwe Maketa. “That tour provided an excellent opportunity to assess the players in different conditions.
“The key for us now will be to fine tune our preparation in the upcoming training camps as we look to
finalise the squad that will represent South Africa at the World Cup.”
Provisional SA U19 World Cup squad: David Teeger (captain, Lions), Esosa Aihevba (Lions), Adam Cannata (Titans), Bennie Hansen (Western Province), Juan James (Western Province), Martin Khumalo (Easterns), Kwena Maphaka (Lions), Dewan Marias (Easterns), Riley Norton (Boland), Nqobani Mokoena (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Romashan Pillay (KwaZula-Natal Coastal), Sipho Potsane (Lions), Lhuan-dre Pretorius (Lions), Richard Seletswane (Lions), Juan Steyn (Easterns), Oliver Whitehead (Western Province), Steve Stolk (Titans), Ntando Zuma (KwaZulu-Natal Inland).
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