Cricket development in the rural Eastern Cape received a boost after former Proteas fast bowler Makhaya Ntini was named the first Cricket South Africa Cricket Development Ambassador.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) made the announcement on Monday during the unveiling of the newly renovated G.B Molefe hostel which houses CSA Fort Hare Cricket Academy bursary players. Ntini is excited about his latest venture, vowing to spread the word about cricket and “bring the spotlight to the young boys and girls from the smaller areas in South Africa.”
“I am very happy to continue working with CSA in this different avenue. I am very passionate about cricket, especially in the forgotten parts of South Africa, in the rural areas like the one I come from,” Ntini said.
Ntini will help CSA identify areas that need the most assistance to put developmental structures in place. He will also act as an active talent scout in these areas, to help identify future stars of the game in the Eastern Cape.
“Makhaya is a true ambassador of the sport. He has done more than anybody in promoting the game of cricket. We have seen many stars come and go and we at CSA decided that when Makhaya Ntini retires, he should not be lost to the game completely, because many players still need to learn from his experience. This is why we believe that he is the perfect candidate for the post of Ambassador of Cricket Development,” said CSA CEO Gerald Majola.
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