Proteas look forward to taking on youngsters

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Five-year-old Grade R pupil Huzain Kahn, from Malabar Primary School, gets active during a KFC Mini-Cricket Festival at the weekend. Picture: Supplied
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Five-year-old Grade R pupil Huzain Kahn, from Malabar Primary School,gets active during a KFC Mini-Cricket Festival at the weekend. Picture: Supplied

Cricket South Africa have announced that four additional fixtures have been added to an already jam-packed Proteas season with the team set to take on the youngsters in the fourth instalment of the KFC Mini- Cricket Kids versus Proteas Tour.

The tour will see the Proteas challenging the KFC Mini-Cricket kids in matches taking place around South Africa between December and February.

“This season promises to be one of the busiest and most exciting in recent memory,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

“The addition of the KFC Mini- Cricket Kids vs Proteas Tour to the already completed matches against New Zealand and Ireland and the games against Australia and Sri Lanka means that 2016-17 will be packed with stellar competition and excitement as well as an added element of fun for all,” he said.

The tour will not only see great competition between the two sides but will come with added spice after the announcement that Proteas legends, Graeme Smith, Neil McKenzie and Mfuneko Ngam will coach the kids.

The three ex-Proteas will be hosting training sessions with each of the competing KFC Mini-Cricket teams and will go up against the current Proteas as coaches at each of the four tour games.

Graeme Smith hopes that his previous experience as Proteas captain will help his team in their quest to get one-up on the best the country has to offer.

“I call on all kids around South Africa to step-up to the crease and ready yourselves to take on your heroes,” Smith said.

“The Proteas are one of the top limited overs sides in the world but I am confident that my team will be ready for them come game one.”

Proteas coach Russell Domingo said: “I speak for the whole Proteas team when I say this tour is one of the highlights of our cricketing calendar. “My hope is that we can get off to a fast start, bring the game to the kids and go one better by finishing off with a series win.”

KFC will run a nationwide competition to select their teams whereby four entering schools will be drawn and will be given the chance to pit their teams against the Proteas.

Only four spots are up for grabs. Dial *120*7535# or visit www. kfcminicricket. co.za to enter.

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