Cricket South Africa has appointed former ladies’s all-rounder Dinesha Devnarain in a twin function as the primary full-time Girls’s Below-19 in addition to Girls’s Nationwide Academy head coach, the board introduced on Monday (April 6).
Devnarain, who performed 29 ODIs and 22 T20Is for South Africa, has earned a three-year contract commencing from April 2020. The 31-year-old, who final performed for South Africa in 2016 earlier than retiring, will oversee the U19 workforce on the inaugural ICC Girls’s Below-19 Cricket World Cup, scheduled to happen in Bangladesh in early 2021.
“As a part of her new function, Devnarain will handle the participant improvement constructions, with explicit consideration in figuring out promising younger expertise with the prospect of enjoying for the Proteas,” CSA said in a media launch.
A KwaZulu Natal native, Devnarain obtained her degree three CSA teaching certificates in the direction of the fag finish of her profession, and has beforehand served as an assistant coach on the Nationwide Academy since 2017. She has additionally coached KZN Coastal Below-19s and the Girls’s Senior Provincial workforce while enjoying for the aspect.
Spin duo Nonkululeko Mlaba and Nondumiso Shangase, who had been each part of South Africa’s current T20 World Cup marketing campaign, have each emerged from the area underneath Devnarain’s tutelage.
“That is nice information for the expansion of ladies’s cricket in South Africa. A part of empowering ladies inside cricket shouldn’t be solely managing the participant pipeline however by elevating feminine teaching employees, who will produce gamers that may carry out on the highest degree,” stated Interim Chief Government Officer of CSA, Dr Jacques Faul. “As a former participant, Dinesha understands the ladies’s panorama and her pedigree proves itself.”
“Dinesha might be working with aspiring feminine cricketers with the intention of closing the hole between the nationwide and rising groups. That is vitally essential, given the variety of senior Proteas gamers who might be nearing the top of their careers in two or three years’ time,” added Faul.
“I’m extraordinarily excited in regards to the alternative,” expressed Devnarain. “It is an important tier – being in between the provincial constructions and the nationwide workforce. The one main constructive about South African cricket is that there’s a lot of expertise and talent inside our provincial constructions. What I am wanting ahead to is figuring out gamers with potential and nurturing that potential in a high-performance atmosphere.”