CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today announced a revamped programme for the Powerade National Men’s Academy that will see the selected squad being involved in a three-year cycle rather than the current one-year one.
“The Powerade National Academy Programme forms a very strategic part of our developmental pipeline,” commented CSA General Manager: Cricket, Corrie van Zyl, “and has as its aim to prepare young players for the demands of professional cricket. These selected players that are carefully identified include previous graduates of the SA U/19 programme, performing Senior Provincial and emerging Franchise players.
“The new three-year cycle will be introduced with immediate effect during the 2018-19 season. This will include Head Coach Shukri Conrad determining a specific program for each player in conjunction with the player’s Franchise or Provincial Coach, post the Personal Development Plan (PDP) meeting with each player.
“There will be a minimum of 15 players in the Academy Squad, who will also form the SA Emerging Players Touring Squad, and the squad may be added to at any time as new talent is identified or as players are promoted to the SA A squad by the National Selection Panel (NSP),” concluded Van Zyl.
“Powerade is an avid supporter of sports in South Africa and is a proud partner of Cricket South Africa as the official hydration partner to the Proteas,” commented Kamini Redhi, Senior Brand Manager Advanced Hydration. “Together with Cricket South Africa, Powerade is committed to providing young South African cricketers with the means to achieve their performance goals through the academy. We are incredibly excited about the young cricketing talent that will pass through the academy and are proud to be playing our part in their development,” Redhi added.