Streak academy sends 3 teams to SA T20 se­ries

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THREE teams from the Old Mu­tual Heath Streak Cricket Academy are set to em­bark on an in­au­gu­ral tour of South Africa from De­cem­ber 10-17 in a move touted to help iden­tify future na­tional team stars.

Joseph Rego, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Old Mu­tual Heath Streak Cricket Academy told Chron­i­cle Sport that the Un­der-13 A, Un­der-13 B and Un­der -14 teams were gear­ing up for a tough chal­lenge against the Rowlin Na­tional Cricket Academy, one of Gaut­eng’s lead­ing cricket academies in Bok­burg af­fil­i­ated to Cricket South Africa.

The teams would be in­volved in five T20 se­ries and Rego said he had no doubts most young­sters they will take on tour will be ripe for the in­ter­na­tional stage in five years time.

“It will be a tough se­ries, but our boys have the po­ten­tial to win,” said Rego. The Academy’s Un­der-14 Fazak Zim­babwe side won the Raj Modi Heath Streak Academy T20 Africa Cup in­au­gu­ral edi­tion by de­feat­ing Rowlin Na­tional Cricket Academy and Pro­fes­sional Cricket Academy of Botswana in the semi-fi­nals and fi­nal at the Academy’s ground in Sub­urbs, Bu­l­awayo.

“The teams and coaches are brim­ming with con­fi­dence and en­thu­si­asm. We’ll emerge vic­to­ri­ous,” said Rego, who is leav­ing no stone un­turned to make the academy’s in­au­gu­ral in­ter­na­tional tour a re­mem­brance of a life time.

He said Tuskers crick­eters Boxie Mx­olisi Dube will be head coach of Un­der-13 A, Thabo Mkhu­l­uli Mboyi the Un­der-13 B, while Harare coach and Academy ad­min­is­tra­tor Shaun Joseph will be in charge of the Un­der-14 team for the De­cem­ber tour.

Co-founder of the academy Heath Streak is presently in the coun­try and Rego re­vealed that the for­mer na­tional team pace­man and skip­per had been per­son­ally mon­i­tor­ing per­for­mances of the young­sters and is also play­ing a cru­cial role in the se­lec­tion process.

The academy’s boss heaped praises on Streak, say­ing he had played a sen­sa­tional coach­ing role in the rise of Bangladeshi cricket.

Un­der Streak, Bangladesh de­feated Eng­land, Afghanistan and Scot­land to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Streak also led the Tigers to the semi-fi­nals of the ICC Asia Cup, which they hosted in 2015, de­feat­ing the United Arab Emi­rates, Sri Lanka and Pak­istan.

He also led them to com­fort­able vic­to­ries over Oman and The Nether­lands in the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup.

In March 2015, Streak’s Tigers white­washed Pak­istan 3-0 in an ODI se­ries, beat In­dia 2-1 in a bi­lat­eral se­ries and de­feated South Africa 2-1 in an ODI se­ries.

Bangladesh beat Zim­babwe 3-0 in an ODI and drew 1-1 in a T20 home se­ries.

Streak also led Bangladesh to a con­vinc­ing 5-0 ODI and 3-0 Test se­ries white­wash of Zim­babwe in 2014.

‘‘At the IPL held in March 2016 in In­dia, Streak’s phenom­e­nal coach­ing skills en­sured Gu­jarat Lions a berth in the play-offs.

‘‘He is un­doubt­edly one of the best coaches in the world to­day,” said Rego, who has been Streak’s sports agent from his play­ing days.

He said a ded­i­cated par­ent Vi­o­let Mu­denda, who plays a prom­i­nent role at the academy, will be the tour’s brand am­bas­sador and mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.

Mu­denda has played a key role in co­or­di­nat­ing par­ents re­gard­ing the tour on be­half of the academy.

Joseph Rego with pa­tron of the Old Mu­tual Heath Streak Cricket Academy, VP Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa

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