CSA Wants To Focus On Identifying Talented Black Players


Cricket South Africa (CSA) wants to focus on identifying talented black players for its High Performance (HP) squad.

Already, CSA’s Board of Directors have approved the National Selection Panel’s (NSP) recommended list of 21 players who will make up the High Performance

BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the board also approved another list of 15 players who will be awarded CSA ‘top up’ contracts.

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The players selected for the CSA High Performance squad include:

  1. Marques Ackerman (North West)
  2. Mbulelo Budaza (VKB Knights)
  3. Okuhle Cele (KZN)
  4. Toni de Zorzi (Multiply Titans)
  5. Leus du Plooy (VKB Knights)
  6. Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  7. Clyde Fortuin (Warriors)
  8. Dayyaan Galiem (Cape Cobras)
  9. Zubayr Hamza (Cape Cobras)
  10. Dominic Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  11. Simon Khomari (Cape Cobras)
  12. Patrick Kruger (VKB Knights)
  13. George Linde (Cape Cobras)
  14. Sibonelo Makhanya (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
  15. Karabo Mogotsi (Gauteng)
  16. Eddie Moore (Warriors)
  17. Tshepo Moreki (Cape Cobras)
  18. Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  19. Lesiba Ngoepe (Warriors)
  20. Tshepo Ntuli (VKB Knights)
  21. Lwandiswa Zuma (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)

Commenting on the CSA High Performance squad, CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat said:

“The HP List of players has a particular focus on identifying talented black players who are then presented with an individualised PDP (Player Development Plan).

This is a plan based on a Needs Analysis conducted by the Senior Provincial and Franchise coaches and which provides defined support to each player.

This forms part of CSA’s newly adopted Player Performance Plan (PPP). The aim is to grow and develop talented players and prepare them for future SA ‘A’ and National Team high performance.”

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On the other hand, the players to be awarded CSA ‘top up’ contracts include:

  1. Theunis de Bruyn (VKB Knights)
  2. Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  3. Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans)
  4. Heino Kuhn (Multiply Titans)
  5. Sisanda Magala (Warriors)
  6. Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans)
  7. Mangaliso Mosehle (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  8. Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans)
  9. Duanne Olivier (VKB Knights)
  10. Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras)
  11. Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras)
  12. Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions)
  13. Omphile Ramela (Cape Cobras)
  14. Jason Smith (Cape Cobras)
  15. Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)

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Here, Mr Lorgat said: “Our National Selectors work on a four-year succession plan and CSA awards ‘top up’ contracts to those franchise players considered part of the selectors immediate or future plans.

“Each player has a Personal Development Plan prepared and this plan is regularly reviewed and monitored by the SA ‘A’ Head Coach,” he buttressed.