South Africa news August 13, 2012

Spin the focus for SA youngsters at India camp

ESPNcricinfo staff

Thirteen young South African cricketers nominated by the national board will take part in a nine-day training session in Bangalore to prepare for their domestic season, which starts next month. The squad - comprising six batsmen, six spinners and a fast bowler - will to be coached by former India spinner Sunil Joshi, among others.

One of the focus areas is developing a generation of black batsmen - South Africa have never had a black African batsman. "We identified some of the most talented black African batsmen in an attempt to further develop their skill set," CSA's General Manager Corrie van Zyl said.

Another target, he said, was to help spinners develop, and to allow batsmen to learn playing spin on spin-friendly pitches.

Former South Africa spinner Nicky Boje will accompany the squad in the absence of Paul Adams, who resigned as CSA's spin consultant to take up coaching responsibilities for the domestic team Cape Cobras in June.

"[Boje] is a fantastic person to mentor our next generation of spinners and we look forward to calling upon his expertise to ensure proper development of our spin bowlers," van Zyl said.

The squad:

Spinners: Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras), Siya Simetu (Cape Cobras), Eddie Leie (Highveld Lions), Simon Harmer (Warriors), Shaun Von Berg (Titans), and Tabraiz Shamsi (Dolphins)

Fast bowler: Ayavuya Myoli (Border)

Batsmen: Khaya Zondo (Dolphins), Omphile Ramela (Highveld Lions), Grant Mokoena (Highveld Lions), Tumelo Bodibe (Titans), Mangeliso Mosehle (Titans), and Luthando Mnyanda (South Western Districts)

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  • Abhishek on August 13, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    What an absolute heart warming article.It is so refreshing to see the management of CSA. They have identified there weak spots and are targeting to rectify that from the very grassroots level.If they re sending 13 cricketers to india they must also be nurturing so many hopefuls in SA itself.These youngsters will hve a good time in India and will be so much the better for it.i hope The indian board is listening/watching there counterparts.india seriously needs some fast bowlers and good players of fast bowling.An exchange profram with south africa or australia would be terrific for the youngsters.

  • zuber on August 13, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    these boards who send their players to another countries for improving their skills are the one determined only to get quality cricket all round, unlike Indian board who are only determined towards producing quality batsmen.

  • Ross on August 13, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Two really awesome things about this: 1) Taking the initiative to send players to other countries to experience conditions there. 2) Tying in with retired players to help manage the experience, Sunil Joshi, Nicky Boje. Well done Cricket SA!

  • anil on August 13, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    something vice versa should also happen, indian seamers sent to RSA and being coached by their retired fast bowlers

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