stars ready for national challenge
Durban – KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union honoured the province’s crop of
future cricketing stars and wished them well for their various age-group
national weeks this December at the annual KZN Schools Capping Ceremony in
the Presidential Suite at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Thursday evening.
With Hollywoodbets Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk and team mates Cody
Chetty and Sibonelo Makhanya – both who graduated from the KZN Schools
programme into Franchise cricket – in attendance, the young primary and
high pupils enjoyed their share of the limelight as they received their
KZN caps from their local cricketing heroes and messages of support from
“We congratulate all of our youngsters on being selected to play for
KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union’s provincial schools teams,” said KZNCU
president, Fa-eez Jaffar. “It is indeed an honour and a privilege to
represent our wonderful province.”
“These weeks give you the opportunity to forge friendships with players
from different backgrounds and cultures and different parts of our
beautiful country that will last a lifetime,” added KZNCU Amateur Manager,
Jay Naidoo. “Good luck and best wishes!”
The action gets underway with the CSA U13 Boys Week in Cape Town from 9-13
December, CSA U15 Boys Week in Potchefstroom from 8-12 December and the
CSA U19 Girls Week in Pretoria from 9-13 December.
The Rural U17 Boys Week then takes place in Nelspruit from 10-14 December
and the CSA U17 Boys Week in Benoni from 11-15 December.
“This is the culmination of many hours of hard work and sacrifice that
have contributed to this significant milestone,” said KZN Primary Schools
Cricket Association Chairperson, Charles Morgan. “We wish all of our teams
and travelling parents a safe journey to the various venues.”
“In representing our province, you have the responsibility to be
outstanding ambassadors both on and off the field,” heeded KZN High
Schools Cricket Association Chairperson, Siva Subrayen. “Let fair play and
good sportsmanship be your mantra at all times!”
The programme then culminates in the much-anticipated Coca-Cola Khaya
Majola U19 Week in Bloemfontein from 16-20 December where Glenwood High
School’s Joel Veeran will hope to lead the KZN Schools side to victory.
“We back ourselves, and with the team we have this year we want to win all
six of our games,” explained Veeran.
“We believe we are the best and we’re looking to go out there and prove
“As players we know each other well, the relationships are good and the
team vibe is great, which I’m sure will also help the team be successful
at Coke Week.”
Veeran, who made his debut at the tournament last year and went on to earn
SA Colts selection, is excited by the opportunity to lead his side in
Bloemfontein as well as the launching pad the tournament gives himself and
his team mates to further their careers.
“Coming into such a prestigious event like Coke Week, experienced players
are a big factor and hopefully I can bring a bit of a calming effect and a
lot of tactical advise to the team.
“Learning to cope with the amount of pressure that Coke Week brings is a
stepping stone for every young cricketer’s career, while being selected
for SA Schools or SA Colts can also make a huge difference in players
trying to make it to the top.”
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