Makwetu over the moon with CSA Award

Wandile Makwetu in action for South Africa against the West Indies during the 2018 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. Along with Gerald Coetzee and Raynard van Tonder (both VKB Knights players as well) he was named in the team of the tournament. PHOTO: GETTY

The VKB Knights wicketkeeper, Wandile Makwetu, is over the moon after being named as the Cricket South Africa Domestic Newcomer of the Year.

The 21-year-old received the accolade on Saturday evening during the annual CSA Awards, which was done online.

The former South Africa U19 star captained the Knights during the 2019/20 season on occasion during the absence of Pite van Biljon.

Makwetu told Bloemfontein Courant that the accolade is the cherry on the cake, following a stellar debut season at the central franchise.

“It’s really special for me to be recognised for the work I put in throughout the season. It was special just to be nominated, but to have won the award was just the cherry on the cake for what was a good season for me.

“It is a recognition that my talent and skills are good enough to compete with some of the best in South African domestic cricket, so that makes me excited for the next season.

“The award gives me confidence for the next season, so I am looking forward to it whenever it may start. I am looking to go onto bigger and better things next season, but I am really pleased with how things went last season, and to be recognised was special.”

The VKB Knights and Northern Cape all-rounder, Beyers Swanepoel, was named as the CSA Provincial Three-Day Cricketer of the Year.

Meanwhile, there was confusion and chaos at the Mangaung Oval on Monday when players arrived for team training. The players did all the required screening in order to start training. This came as they still didn’t have the go-ahead from the CSA and the government. As it stands, the governing body is hoping to get the 2020/21 domestic cricket season underway on 1 November, and this means that teams may only start training as of Monday, 3 August.

Two of the team’s players also tested positive for Covid-19, and both have been isolated from the rest of the squad. Bloemfontein Courant is aware of the names of both players, and out of respect for privacy, it is being withheld.

A third player also tested positive some time ago, however, his second test returned a negative result. – MORGAN PIEK