Zondo, who was prolific with the bat in all formats of the game for the Dolphins last season, has been rewarded with a spot in both the four-day and limited overs South African ‘A’ teams that will tour the UK in the winter.
In addition to his selection, his leadership capabilities have been recognised and the 27 year-old will lead the SA ‘A’ limited overs side in their campaign against the England Lions.
The Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) have approved the National Selection Panel’s (NSP) recommended list of 15 players to be awarded CSA ‘top up’ contracts as well as the 21 players who will make up the High Performance (HP) squad.
“Our National Selectors work on a four-year succession plan and CSA awards ‘top up’ contracts to those franchise players considered part of the selectors immediate or future plans,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “Each player has a Personal Development Plan (PDP) prepared and this plan is regularly reviewed and monitored by the SA ‘A’ Head Coach.
Three other Hollywoodbets Dolphins players received good news on Tuesday when they were announced in the CSA High Performance squad.
Following his break-out Momentum One Day Cup season, Sibonelo Makhanya has been included in the HP Squad along with young quick Okuhle Cele and the recently acquired Lwandiswa Zuma.
“The HP List of players has a particular focus on identifying talented black players who are then presented with an individualised PDP (Player Development Plan). This is a plan based on a Needs Analysis conducted by the Senior Provincial and Franchise coaches and which provides defined support to each player. This forms part of CSA’s newly adopted Player Performance Plan (PPP). The aim is to grow and develop talented players and prepare them for future SA ‘A’ and National Team high performance,” concluded Mr. Lorgat.
CSA ‘Top Up’ Contracts (15): Theunis de Bruyn (VKB Knights), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans), Heino Kuhn (Multiply Titans), Sisanda Magala (Warriors), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), Mangaliso Mosehle (bizhub Highveld Lions), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Duanne Olivier (VKB Knights), Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras), Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Omphile Ramela (Cape Cobras), Jason Smith (Cape Cobras), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
CSA High Performance squad (21): Marques Ackerman (North West), Mbulelo Budaza (VKB Knights), Okuhle Cele (KZN), Toni de Zorzi (Multiply Titans), Leus du Plooy (VKB Knights), Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions), Clyde Fortuin (Warriors), Dayyaan Galiem (Cape Cobras), Zubayr Hamza (Cape Cobras), Dominic Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Simon Khomari (Cape Cobras), Patrick Kruger (VKB Knights), George Linde (Cape Cobras), Sibonelo Makhanya (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Karabo Mogotsi (Gauteng), Eddie Moore (Warriors), Tshepo Moreki (Cape Cobras), Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions), Lesiba Ngoepe (Warriors), Tshepo Ntuli (VKB Knights), Lwandiswa Zuma (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)