CSA announces SA U19 pre-World Cup fixtures against India, Zimbabwe and New Zealand

CSA announces SA U19 pre-World Cup fixtures against India, Zimbabwe and New Zealand

Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced the home fixtures for the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s, with two Youth One-Day International (ODI) series penned in against India, Zimbabwe and New Zealand between 26 December 2019 – 09 January 2020.

Ahead of the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa from 17 January – 09 February, the SA U19s will take on defending champions, India, in a three-match Youth ODI series at Buffalo Park in East London at the end of December this year.

Head coach, Lawrence Mahatlane, and his team will then finalise their tournament preparations with an enthralling quadrangular series against India, Zimbabwe and New Zealand between 03-09 January – with the matches alternating between Kingsmead Cricket Ground and the Chatsworth Oval in Durban.

These two competitive inbound tours alongside the junior Proteas’ seven-match Youth ODI series against Pakistan next month (22 June- 07 July) in Durban and Pietermaritzburg will provide the identified players with an opportunity to showcase their skills in pursuit of a place in the 15-man squad.

CSA High Performance Manager, Vincent Barnes, highlighted one of the crucial reasons for arranging the fixtures, with the team playing more than ten 50-over matches ahead of the opening game of the World Cup.

“It is an exciting time for U19 cricket in South Africa, with the World Cup coming here next year,” Barnes commented. “These matches will provide the ideal preparation for Lawrence (Mahatlane) and his team ahead of a home tournament and will expose these young men to crucial time spent in the middle before the opening match on the 17th of January.

“The majority of this team has recently been to India and they learnt a lot on that tour, so it is going to be great to host and play the sub-continent team at home later this year, with the two sides playing very competitive cricket. With our neighbours, Zimbabwe, and New Zealand also added in pre-World Cup matches, our players will get a good idea of what’s to come when the real tournament gets underway.

“There’s going to be a lot of cricket for these young men between now and then, so we hope to see a few of them raise their hands through their performances,” Barnes added. 

Coca-Cola SA under-19s Squad against Pakistan: Youth ODI series 

Bryce Parsons (captain, Gauteng), Luke Beaufort (Eastern Province), Jonathan Bird (Western Province), Achille Cloete (Boland), Gerald Coetzee (Free State), Khanya Cotani (North West), Michael Copeland (Gauteng), Andrew Louw (Free State), Akeem Minaar (Boland), Lifa Ntanzi (KZN Coastal), Imraan Philander (Western Province), Siya Plaatjie (Western Province), Ruan Terblanche (Boland), Tiaan van Vuuren (Eastern Province), Nonelela Yika (Border).

 SA U19 Youth ODI series against Pakistan U19 in Durban and Pietermaritzburg

 June 2019

Wed 19  Warm Up Match                  KZN Academy vs Pakistan U19 (Varsity Oval)

Sat 22     1st Youth ODI                        South Africa vs Pakistan U19 (Chatsworth Oval)

Tue 25    2nd Youth ODI                       South Africa vs Pakistan U19 (Pietermaritzburg)

Thu 27   3rd Youth ODI                        South Africa vs Pakistan U19 (Pietermaritzburg)

Sun 30    4th Youth ODI                        South Africa vs Pakistan U19 (Pietermaritzburg)

July 2019

Tue 02    5th Youth ODI                        South Africa vs Pakistan U19 (Pietermaritzburg)

Fri 05      6th Youth ODI                        South Africa vs Pakistan U19 (Chatsworth Oval)

Sun 07    7th Youth ODI                        South Africa vs Pakistan U19 (Chatsworth Oval)

SA U19 Youth ODI series against India U19 in East London

 

December 2019

Mon 23  Warm Up Match                  Border Inv XI vs India U19  (Police Park)

Thu 26   1st Youth ODI                       South Africa U19  vs India U19 (Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium)

Sat 28    2nd Youth ODI                      South Africa U19 vs India U19 (Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium)

Mon 30  3rd Youth ODI                       South Africa U19 vs India U19 (Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium)              

                                                           

SA U19 Youth ODI Quadrangular series against India, New Zealand & Zimbabwe in Durban

 

January 2020

Fri 03      1st Youth ODI                       South Africa U19  vs India U19 (Kingsmead Cricket Ground)

Fri 03      2nd Youth ODI                      New Zealand U19 vs Zimbabwe U19 (Chatsworth Cricket Oval)

Sun 05   3rd Youth ODI                       India U19 vs Zimbabwe U19 (Kingsmead Cricket Ground)

Sun 05   4th Youth ODI                       South Africa U19  vs New Zealand U19 (Chatsworth Cricket Oval)

Tue 07    5th Youth ODI                       South Africa U19  vs Zimbabwe U19 (Kingsmead Cricket Ground)

Tue 07    6th Youth ODI                       India U19 vs New Zealand U19 (Chatsworth Cricket Oval)

Thu 09   7th Youth ODI (Bronze)      3rd Place vs 4th Place (Chatsworth Cricket Oval)

Thu 09   8th Youth ODI (Final)          1st Place vs 2nd Place (Kingsmead Cricket Ground)

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