Cape Town - The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) has announced the appointments of several highly acclaimed and decorated coaches in key positions to further entrench their pipeline structures as the province, one of the country’s premier nurseries in producing national players, prepare for the 2017/18 season.
Paul Adams’ appointment as Western Province Academy and provincial Under-19 coach was confirmed by the WPCA on Tuesday.
Adams won five trophies during his tenure as coach of the Cape Cobras. He represented South Africa in 45 Tests and 24 One Day Internationals.
Siya Sibiya, one of the coaches under whose watch Western Province won the CSA Incentive Scorecard category two academy programme in 2017, has been appointed as coach of the Western Province Under-15 and Under-17 teams.
Charles Clacher is the newly appointed Western Province coaching education manager.
Jerry Malilwana will take charge of the Western Province Under-11 and Under-13 teams.
“We feel confident that the appointment of these coaches will provide Western Province with a sound platform to develop talented teens into 21-year-old franchise players with the technical prowess, the sound temperaments and the self-belief to make Western Province and the Cobras realistic trophy hunters in all three formats,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of the WPCA.
“We believe that as custodians of the under-age players, these coaches will fulfill their mission to provide an expert foundational phase for the future excellence of their charges,” Dien added.
“The past two seasons, our HUBS program and our Academy were award-winning entities and these appointments will add to our effectiveness. I am overjoyed,” said Clinton du Preez, manager of amateur cricket at WPCA.
Beresford Williams, president of the WPCA, says the appointments are important, because it show deliberate intent to nurture talent from a very young age. “It is an exciting new chapter of Western Province and ultimately might bolster amateur, semi-professional and professional cricket,” he added.