To make his dad and former South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini proud of the massive efforts, the 17-year-old Thando Ntini from the Proteas fold has been inducted into the Under-19 World Cup squad as the world cricket governing body International Cricket Council has slated the junior championship in January next year (2018) in New Zealand.
The Under-19 South African coach Lawrence Mahatlane is excited to fly to New Zealand and is hopeful to see his wards delivering well this time around.
“I’m confident that we have chosen the combination that will give us the desired results,” Mahatlane was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
The much-awaited competition will be beginning from January 13 and run through February 3 in which overall 16 teams will participate while featuring in four cities of New Zealand.
Pertinently, the matches will be played across seven venues with defending champions Windies one of the 16 teams vying for another title.
“More than half of the squad have semi-professional cricket experience and we even have a franchise player in Matthew Breetzke,” Mahatlane added.
The right-arm fast bowler Thando has represented his state-side Wynberg which further saw him improving his game.
On Saturday (December 16), the Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the 15-member squad which will be lead by Raynard van Tonder.
Setting his dream high, Thondo has been impressive in the domestic circuit as his father Makhaya has already been offering help to him the former.
In a bid to represent the national side in the top-flight cricket shortly, Thondo has also been taking the vital tips from his daddy since he started to make hold of the ball.
As of now, Makhaya, who must be delighted to hear the news, is further enjoying his stint with Zimbabwe as a bowling coach.
The 40-year-old Cape Province-based Makhaya, who has played a vital role for South Arica also featured in the Under-19 team before bursting onto the international scene on January 16, 1998, against New Zealand at Perth.
The Proteas side is listed into Group A alongside hosts New Zealand and reigning champions Windies, and the side is scheduled to face Kenya in Lincoln on January 14, 2018.
In July, early this year, Thondo bagged seven wickets in four matches on the home soil against Windies, as he made his appearance to further future in the tri-nation series which included Namibia and England.
On the other side, the gloveman in the form of Wandile Makwetu is the solitary player in the Proteas-youth squad, who participated in the 2016 World Cup which was held in Bangladesh.
Here’s the list of 15-men South African Under-19 Squad: Raynard van Tonder (skipper), Jean du Plessis, Matthew Breetzke, Jason Niemand, Gerald Coetzee, Wandile Makwetu, Jade de Klerk, Fraser Jones, Andile Mogakane, Akhona Mnyaka, Hermann Rolfes, Kenan Smith, Kgaudise Molefe, Jiveshen Pillay, Thando Ntini,