The U-19 World Cup continues to be many a second generation cricketer’s audition for a place in the senior team. Former South Africa pacer Makhaya Ntini’s son Thando, on Saturday, was selected in his nation’s 15-member U-19 squad.
The 17-year-old Thando, like his father, is a right-arm fast-medium bowler and made an impact recently with 10 wickets from eight youth one-dayers. He also impressed in the youth one-day tri-series, also involving Namibia and England, reported ESPNCricinfo.
On Friday, legendary Australia skipper Steve Waugh’s son, Austin, an all-rounder also got the nod to fly to New Zealand in January. The Proteas, the 2014 champions, will be captained by Raynard van Tonder. South Africa will have their work cut out in group A, which also has defending champions West Indies and hosts New Zealand along with Kenya.
Makhaya, South Africa’s first black African international, picked up 662 wickets across formats during his 11-year tenure. The U-19 World Cup will be held between January 13 and February 3.
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