The Free State trio of Gerald Coetzee, Pheko Moletsane and Andrew Louw has been included in the national Under-19 squad that will represent the country in the 2020 edition of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.
South Africa will host the tournament.
The three have all made their respective first class debuts for Free State and Northern Cape. Coetzee will make his second appearance, having played in the previous ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup and taken part in the ICC Under-19 Select Tournament XI in 2018. He has also made his franchise debut for VKB Knights and for Jozi Stars in the Mzansi Super League 2.0.
Moletsane, who has been named in the Free State provincial Under-19 side for the fourth time this year, has impressed with both bat and ball in the past years.
Former Northern Cape Under-19 player and current Free State Academy batsman, Andrew Louw has also been named in the SA side.
“I would like to congratulate the three Free State boys for making it into the World Cup squad. Their professionalism and skill will be a plus for the team,” commented Free State Under-19 and Academy head coach Dillon du Preez.
“I know they will fly the flag of the Free State high and I wish them all the best and trust that they will have a great World Cup,” noted Du Preez.
“We are proud to have our boys included in the national squad. With South Africa playing one of their matches here at Mangaung Oval, hopefully, our boys will have a run and kickstart their international careers here at home,” said Free State Cricket chief executive Johan van Heerden.