Central SA is fertile ground

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Gerald Coetzee in action for the Jozi Stars during the 2019 Mzansi Super League PHOTO: BACKPAGEPIX

The interim CEO of Cricket South Africa, Jacques Faul, has labelled Central South Africa as fertile ground for the sport in the country, with regards to the talent.

Currently, the VKB Knights have all three of the former SA U19 players who were named in the team of the tournament following the 2018 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
Gerald Coetzee, Raynard van Tonder and Wandile Makwetu are all contracted by the Knights.

Speaking to Bloemfontein Courant about the young players in the region, Faul lauded the work done by the Knights.

“Central South Africa seems to have all of the exciting young players, isn’t it? You’ve got Van Tonder there, you’ve got someone like Andries Gous there, and Gerald Coetzee. You’ve got a lot of young players there, and working with a coach like Allan Donald, who is a legend of the game.

“I think that this will do us well in the future. It has been fertile ground, the Knights franchise. It’s wonderfully managed by Zola Thamae as the president, for which you’ve got to take your hat off. Then there is Johan van Heerden and if you’ve ever had a cricket man, there’s a cricket man for you. He played the game, he comes from good stock and is a fantastic cricket leader. Combine that with someone like Allan Donald, and the willingness to do well.

“It is a region that wants to be competitive and they have raised head over the last couple of years as a serious franchise competitor.

“The domestic structure has changed and I think that will favour them as well. It is exciting times for cricket in Central SA.”

Meanwhile, Thamae’s tenure as Free State Cricket president came to an end on Monday. Xander Snyders was elected as the new president. – MORGAN PIEK