JOHANNESBURG: Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s, are gathered in Pretoria in the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Powerade Centre of Excellence for the National under-17 Talent Acceleration Programme (TAP).
The camp kicked off on Thursday, 2 August and focused on improving the core skills of the players before concluding on Sunday, 5 August. The under-19 are from a very successful tournament they played against England.
This camp is aimed to help the young stars in preparation for their next tournament tour to India next year January. SA U19 Head Coach, Lawrence Mahatlane says they called to camp all the young men that showed improvement and hunger.
“It’s the start of the journey. We’ve had regional camps throughout July that have been held around the country and these are some of the young men that have impressed,” said Mahatlane.
“The camp will be used as the starting point ahead of the under-19s tour to India in January next year and the anticipated ICC U19 Cricket World Cup that will be hosted in South Africa in 2020. With the players at the camp eligible for selection for the two upcoming squads, they will be hoping to put their hands up and leave an impression on the coaching staff.”He continued.
Here the young stars will be helped with their skills and improve players performance.
“This camp is a skills-based camp. We are helping the boys with the skills. The scouts have done a great job in helping. One aims of the things with the PPPs (Player Performance Plan) and PDPs (Personal Development Plan) is to make sure that we are all aligned from the national body all the way to the scouts, the franchises and the coaches. We want to make sure we are sending the same message to the players and hopefully, we can help them achieve the goals that they wish to achieve in cricket.” Mahatlane Concluded.