Cricket South Africa have announced the squad plus the coaches and technical staff who will be travelling to India for the spin bowling camp at Bangaluru from August 17 to 23. It includes members of both the South Africa A and Standard Bank Proteas squads ahead of their respective tours to India.

 “We have identified Aiden Markram, Zubayr Hamza and Temba Bavuma as key Proteas batsmen to benefit from this project and we have also included some of our potential stars of the future such as Janneman Malan and Sinethemba Qeshile, who have already both played for the Proteas, as well as Matthew Breetzke,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.

 “The batting group is completed by two of our most consistent runs scorers in franchise cricket in Pieter Malan and Edward Moore.

 “The bowling group is headed by the experience of Dane Piedt and includes highly promising talents, among them being Bjorn Fortuin, Tsepo Ndwandwa and Senuran Muthusamy.

 “It is a fact that most international cricket is played on the sub-continent these days and we have to look ahead not only to the tours on the immediate horizon but the next edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India in 2023,” concluded Mr. Moroe.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince will travel as the batting consultant whilst Western Province coach Paul Adams will travel as the Spin Consultant.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras CEO Nabeal Dien has expressed pride in franchise coach Ashwell Prince, after the former Proteas batsman was nominated as one of the three Franchise Coaches of the Year at the Cricket South Africa Awards function that was held on Saturday.

Prince was nominated for the prestigious award alongside eventual winner, bizhub Highveld Lions coach Enoch Nkwe, and Warriors coach Rivash Gobind.

“As a franchise, we are very proud of Ashwell’s achievements and very proud to call him our own. To us it has a significant meaning, it means we have the right person for what we want to achieve here in the Western Cape.”

“Ashwell is a champion in producing young players in this country. Having experienced how tough it is at the top, he can identify what is required to get there. With the knowledge that he has already imparted, and will continue to impart on the younger members of our squad, they will have all the tools to represent South Africa at the highest level.”

“In the future there is no doubt that Ashwell should lead the national side.”

Prince and his World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad are currently working hard in pre-season ahead of the 2019 / 2020 season.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Chief Executive Nabeal Dien, has addressed a recent media report written by journalist David Cox for Al Jazeera, regarding racial divisions within the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras last season.

Dien, including a host of senior players, are aghast by the accusations and refute any such claims.

Western Cape Cricket Chairman Advocate Nick Kock and Vice Chairman Angelo Carolissen have also added their disapproval to these false reports.

“Unity is PRIMARY at the Cobras. We have worked hard on this and not a single player in our squad will disagree. False accusations like this are scathing to our team and organisation as a whole,” Dien said.

“We call on the journalist and publication in question to retract this article and issue a formal apology,” he added.

“We have spent many hours ensuring our environment is inclusive and a healthy space for players and management. After a pre-season venture last season the team returned and adopted the slogan #StrengthInDiversity. It is used in all our social media communication which reflects the unity of our squad.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captain Dane Piedt also expressed his disappointment at the accusations levelled at the Western Cape franchise.

“It is extremely disappointing. Being the captain of the team, it affects me even more, and on my leadership and the unifying culture we have created at the Cobras. It is really disappointing that someone from outside that has no idea of how our team functions and the camaraderie within the squad had made such comments,” Piedt said.

Senior Black African batsman, and a former World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Player of the Year, Aviwe Mgijima also addressed the matter.

“I am saddened and upset with the accusations against our squad,” Mgijima said.

“The statements in that article are indeed not true. It saddens me that a member of another team would spread rumours and lies about what transpired in our space.

“I for one do not even remember there being a division amongst us. I really hope we get to the bottom of this and our squad is cleared.”

Opening batsman Pieter Malan was equally taken aback with the claims of a racial fraction within the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras dressing room.

“We have the most diverse and open-minded squad in the country and these allegations go against everything we believe in at the Cobras. It is insulting and defamatory to say the least. Nothing like this happened in our team environment and he should name his source if he wants to take this story any further,” Malan said.




World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince confirmed that Proteas batsman Hashim Amla will be available for at least the opening matches of the CSA T20 Challenge which gets underway this weekend.

 The Cobras head to Gauteng to face the bizhub Highveld Lions at Bidvest Wanderers on Sunday and then take on the Multiply Titans in Benoni on Wednesday.

 “I still think there is a place for someone to bat through the innings and he (Amla) is well capable of doing that. If he bats through the innings at 120-130 strike rate, it allows other natural ball strikers to play their game around him.”

 Prince also confirmed that JP Duminy will not be available for the opening part of the tournament as he undergoes strengthening of his shoulder as per CSA’s request.

Ashwell Prince, coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras is under no illusions that his team requires momentum and improved bowling performances if they are to beat the Multiply Titans in the Momentum One Day Cup semi-finals at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday.

 “We have not really had any momentum throughout the competition except when we won two in a row. There are no easy wins out there – if you look at the standings, the Titans (with six wins) have only won one more than the rest of us.”

 Prince also defended the losses of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras against the Multiply Titans in the league phase of the competition, whilst also praising Mark Boucher’s men for some fighting cricket, adding that they had the Titans at 31 for five before an excellent Aiden Markram and Farhaan Behardien rescued the visitors at PPC Newlands. In the return game, the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras were 71 for one and misread the conditions and tried to force the pace, which led to their demise, as they only scored 151, which the Titans went on to knock off with ease.

 When probed about his team scoring in excess of 300, Prince added, “Can we score 300? Of course we can – you need to be mindful that at venues like Bloemfontein, Centurion, Wanderers and Potchefstroom you get 300 all the time. At venues like Newlands, Paarl and Oudtshoorn you don’t get it, so the scores are conditions related,” said Prince.

 “It is a bit tougher to score 300 at the coast, but we can adapt to any conditions,” Prince said.

 The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will rely heavily on their international players in the match against the Titans.

 JP Duminy at number four is in excellent form right now and so is Zubayr Hamza at three, whilst Janneman and Pieter Malan have formed a formidable opening partnership this season which often frees up the likes of Kyle Verreynne and Aviwe Mgijima to play positive cricket in the middle order to try and get the team above scores of 300.

 Should that happen, experienced bowlers such as Rory Kleinveldt and Vernon Philander, as well as Duminy, can inflict damage and let the scoreboard pressure do the rest.

 When asked about the potential of this young Cobras side, Kleinveldt enthused: “There would be no looking back if this group of young stars get over the line (and win a trophy).”

 World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: JP Duminy (captain), Akhona Mnyaka, Aviwe Mgijima, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, Pieter Malan, Rory Kleinveldt, Tladi Bokako, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Vernon Philander, Zubayr Hamza


Coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras, Ashwell Prince, believes his team have to be better with bat and ball if things initially don’t go their way as was the case against the Multiply Titans recently.

“We have to replicate the form we showed when we lost a few wickets against the Knights and fought back magnificently,” added Prince, ahead the critical match against the VKB Knights at PPC Newlands on Thursday.

The hosts have selected three spinners in their squad and have included the South Western Districts slow bowler Tsepo Ndwandwa together with Dane Piedt and George Linde on the same surface on which South Africa played two games against Sri Lanka at the iconic PPC Newlands.

“If pushed, we have to give it a go and play the conditions on the day,” said Prince.

“The fact that it is a must-win against the Knights should be motivation enough for the team, and there is even a chance that we can finish second on the log,” Prince said.

“Our focus should be to play well in the critical phases of the match and to fight back if we have early setbacks with bat and ball,” he emphasized.

Two of the stalwarts for the hosts on Thursday will be Rory Kleinveldt and Kyle Verreynne.

Verreynne struck an unbeaten century against the Knights in their first game and Prince said his middle order batsman is ready for the match against the Knights.

Kleinveldt, he added, was the number one white-ball bowler in South Africa last season and right now he is fourth on the list of bowling averages. “He is vastly experienced and hits the line and length consistently and that is why he is so highly ranked and rated,” Prince said.

Verreynne and the Malan brothers, Janneman and Pieter have all scored centuries during the series and they will be looking to continue their run of form on Thursday.

But the man arguably the best suited for the current conditions at PPC Newlands is Zubayr Hamza, who is a great player of slow bowling and has shown that when he represented South Africa A against India A.

Prince acknowledged that Marchant de Lange is an in-form bowler right now that deserves respect, but is confident the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras will deal with him like they did in Bloemfontein in the two sides’ first clash.

The match starts at 10h00 with tickets available to purchase at the gate. One lucky fan who has bought a ticket stands the chance to win a night away at Aquila Private Game Reserve worth R12,300.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Dane Piedt (Captain), Tladi Bokako, Dayyaan Galiem, Zubayr Hamza, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Tsepo Ndwandwa, Dane Paterson, Vernon Philander, Kyle Verreynne

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince knows that his team needs to get momentum, improve their catching and transform their execution with the ball in the last ten overs if they are to be victorious in the next couple of matches in the Momentum One Day Cup against the bizhub Highveld Lions and the Hollywoodbets Dolphins on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

“Our death bowling let us down and was disappointing in the match against the Titans. It happened after a catch was dropped off Aiden Markram’s blade and he went on to score another 64 runs off 23 balls,” said Prince.

“If they had accumulated 280 or 290 (instead of 320 for six), we would have improved our chances of winning.

“I want to add that we can improve our batting by another 20 percent as well,” added Prince.

JP Duminy, the skipper, said the execution of the Cobras with the ball in the final 15 overs was not on par.

“You have to give credit to the Titans’ pair of Markram and Farhaan Behardien for how they absorbed the pressure when they were on 31 for five, but we did not execute well after the 35th over.

“We also have not been sharing in 100-run partnerships or scoring enough tons in the first half of the competition,” said Duminy.

Kyle Verreynne has recovered from concussion and will serve as wicketkeeper in the matches against the Lions on Thursday at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium and against the Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

Dane Piedt, Pieter Malan and Mthiwekhaya Nabe are all included in the squad, whilst Hashim Amla is not available for family reasons.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: JP Duminy (Captain), Pieter Malan (Vice Captain), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Mthiwekhaya Nabe, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Kyle Verreynne  

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince is upbeat about the return of international players Hashim Amla and skipper JP Duminy for the hosts’ next Momentum One Day Cup clash against the Multiply Titans at PPC Newlands on Friday.

Asked about Amla, Prince said he did not closely observe his technique in the tests, but he had scored a One-Day International not so long ago and is looking forward to having a player of Amla’s experience at the top of the order.

“I am excited about Amla batting at the top of the order and JP in the middle, and the fact that they are batting around our younger batsmen, will add a lot for them,” he said.

Prince stated earlier in the week that he backed all-rounder George Linde and the wicketkeeper/batsman Kyle Verreynne for selection for the Cricket World Cup and when asked about this endorsement from his coach, Verreynne said, “a few months ago I wasn’t even sure I would play one-dayers for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras. I want to focus on the Cobras and stay level-headed before I can dream of wearing the Proteas jersey.

“It is a nice feeling that the coach backs me, but I need to stay focused and perform more consistently to be rewarded to play for the Proteas,” Linde said.

Looking ahead to Friday’s clash against the Multiply Titans, Prince acknowledged that the Momentum One Day Cup is a tight competition, but that every team is beatable.

“I will prepare for them the same way we always do, by studying their strengths and weaknesses and see if we can pick some holes in them.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: JP Duminy (Captain), Hashim Amla, David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Kyle Verreynne.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 06: JP Duminy, Ashwell Prince (Head Coach) and Dane Piedt during the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Training Session and Press Conference at PPC Newlands on February 06, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images)

Dane Piedt will lead the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in the opening match of the Momentum One Day Cup campaign against the Warriors at Eurolux Boland Park on Friday, in the absence of the injured JP Duminy.

Piedt played in a limited number of white-ball cricket games last season, but he is in the form of his life, having taken 54 wickets in the Four-Day Franchise Series and scoring a career-best 114.

At a press conference at PPC Newlands on Wednesday, Prince said the fact that the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras fell short in their bid to win the Four-Day Franchise Series was tough, but having personally experienced the tragic loss of a good friend in Port Elizabeth, it put things into perspective for him and that “there is a lot more to life than cricket.”

He added that the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras are playing with a lot of self-confidence.

What is heartening, is that 90% of the team that played so brilliantly in the Four-Day Franchise Series, are available for the Momentum One Day Cup.

When they walk onto the field at Eurolux Boland Park on Friday afternoon against the Warriors, the self-belief will be there that they possess the attack to take ten wickets.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras captured 178 wickets in the Four-Day Franchise Series, with Piedt capturing 54 scalps and Dane Paterson ending with 34.

Another very positive acquisition is that Tladi Bokako, who will return after a lay-off with an ankle injury.

Dayyaan Galiem and Mthiwekhaya Nabe are not available due to injury.

Bokako and Paterson formed a formidable opening bowling pair in the Four-Day Franchise Series and will be a threat in the competition.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras white-ball captain of last season, JP Duminy, is out with a shoulder injury, but he is on track to play in the second match of the Momentum One-Day competition against the VKB Knights on February 19 in Bloemfontein.

Prince said the team that lost the home semi-finals last season was without Duminy in that match and missed his experience in chasing down a total.

He likes to refer to his team as a kindergarten squad of 2017/2018 that has grown and matured tremendously this season so far. That is one of the reasons why the team came second in the Four-Day Franchise Series.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras want to play positive, explosive cricket and it would be the case judging from the 13 players that were selected for the opening match.

Zubayr Hamza, Jason Smith are naturally aggressive players, and so is Kyle Verreynne. They are destined to be crucial in the middle order.

Janneman Malan, who recently made an excellent debut for South Africa in the T20 International against Pakistan, will open the batting with his brother, Pieter. The younger Malan is an aggressive player will be aiming to display his talents in his first outing in white-ball cricket for the Cobras.

WP batsman Isaac Dikgale has also been included in the team for the opener.

The good balance of the top-order and the excellent balance in the middle order will give the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras extra confidence ahead of the first fixture in Paarl against the Warriors.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Dane Piedt (c), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Isaac Dikgale, JP Duminy, Zubayr Hamza, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne.

A disappointed Ashwell Prince gave a sobering perspective on the heartbreak that the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras experienced by just missing out to the bizhub Highveld Lions in the race for the Four-Day Franchise Series crown.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras were leading until the final half an hour of the competition before Wihan Lubbe bowled the Lions to an 84-run victory against the Warriors.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras got bowling bonus points by restricting the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to 310 and then struck 523 for seven (declared). In the second innings, the hosts compiled 358 for two in Pietermaritzburg.

“The pitch on which we played against the Dolphins was a very disappointing one. We deserve credit that we dismissed them for 310 in the first innings. But half of their team threw their wickets away and they could have scored 600 on that pitch in the first innings,” said Prince.

“It says much about the pitch because we had a world-class bowler in Vernon Philander, one of the best in the competition in Dane Paterson, the leading wicket-taker in Dane Piedt and an in-form George Linde and we could not bowl them out in the second innings. They struck 358 for two,” Prince says.

“We expected the Lions to win and we went to Pietermaritzburg with the goal of winning, but we could not do it on that pitch.”

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras won six of their matches and captured 178 wickets in the competition. They scored 10 centuries and 27 half-centuries in the series.

“I think we have at least half a dozen of young batsmen who could play for the Proteas in the future,” Prince said.

“The injury to Tladi Bokako was a setback and we had to sign Akhona Mnyaka. Mnyaka has underlined his talent and he is one for the future.

“In general, the Lions had more depth than us and they picked Kagiso Rapulana, Delano Potgieter and Nandre Burger with success from the senior provincial squad. Our squad was stretched,” Prince said.

“Nevertheless, I am very proud of the way we played, although it was not a fairytale ending,” Prince said.