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David Teeger will captain SA under-19 at home Cricket World Cup next year

David Teeger will captain SA under-19 at home Cricket World Cup next year
David Teeger at the South Africa U19 men’s national cricket team profile shoot at the CSA Centre of Excellence in Pretoria on 28 June 2023. (Photo: Waldo Swiegers / Gallo Images)

Cricket South Africa announced a 15-player squad for the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, with David Teeger announced as captain after he was cleared of any wrongdoing at a CSA-initiated inquiry this week.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) today announced the 15-player squad that will represent South Africa at the ICC under-19 Men’s World Cup 2024 to be held in South Africa across January and February.

The South Africa Under-19s will be captained by Lions batter David Teeger, who recently endured an inquiry by CSA regarding comments made concerning Israeli soldiers.

Teeger was cleared of any wrongdoing by advocate Wim Trengove SC on Wednesday.

The inquiry — initiated by CSA following a widely spread statement by the Palestine Solidarity Alliance, who initially flagged Teeger’s comments made at the Absa Jewish Achiever Awards on 22 October — found that Teeger’s comments did not amount to hate speech or a breach of the CSA code of conduct.

“The Constitutional Court has made the point that the right to freedom of expression does not protect hate speech, but emphasised that the expression of unpopular or even offensive beliefs does not constitute hate speech,” Trengove wrote in a 44-page adjudicator’s determination.

Pholetsi Mosek, CSA

CEO of Cricket SA Pholetsi. (Photo: OJ Koloti / Gallo Images)

CSA chief executive Pholetsi Moseki claimed, in a statement to the inquiry, that Teeger’s comments undermine the CSA’s aim of promoting inclusivity and diversity in cricket for the following reasons.

Despite setting up the inquiry which sought to find out if Teeger had breached CSA constitution and voicing clear condemnation of Teeger’s comments, CSA have shown strength of character to allow the 18-year-old to continue as captain of the junior side.

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David Teeger of SA Emerging during the CSA One Day Cup, Division 2 final match against ITEC Knights at Mangaung Oval on 20 October 2023 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo: Charle Lombard / Gallo Images)

Teeger was announced as captain of the provisional under-19 World Cup squad on 10 November. CSA could easily have stripped the captaincy away from him but have backed the batter despite the differences of opinion on the controversial matter.

“CSA has now received, considered, and accepted the Trengove Report which finds that Mr Teeger did not breach the CSA or Gauteng Lions codes of conduct,” CSA said in a statement.  

“CSA is grateful to all parties for co-operating in dealing with the matter with urgency and in good faith. We are indebted to Advocate Trengove for providing his report ahead of schedule.

“CSA considers the matter as now being closed and will make no further comment.”

David Teeger

David Teeger of Central Gauteng Lions in action against Titans Cricket on day 2 of the Khaya Majola Week at Maties B, Tassies on 16 December 2022 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Exciting crop

Malibongwe Maketa, who led the senior side for a Test tour in Australia at the end of last year, will coach the under-19 team.

Some of the players that have been selected have seen their profiles rise in the past few months include Lions trio Kwena Maphaka, Lhuan-dre Pretorius and Richard Seletswane.

The hosts are pooled with England, Scotland and the West Indies in Group B.

As part of their preparations, Maketa’s side will travel to Durban today for a week-long camp where they will enjoy some game time through two practice matches against Zimbabwe U19s on 9 and 11 December at the Chatsworth Oval in Pietermaritzburg.

These matches will be followed by a practice match against KwaZulu-Natal U19s on 13 December at the same venue.

“I extend my congratulations to each player who has secured a spot in the World Cup squad; their inclusion is well-deserved,” SA U19s Convenor of Selectors Patrick Moroney said.

David Teeger

David Teeger of SA Emerging against ITEC Knights at Mangaung Oval on October 20, 2023 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo: Charle Lombard/Gallo Images)

“This group of young cricketers has demonstrated exceptional abilities and potential. We have full confidence in their capabilities and are excited to see them compete at the highest level, especially with the added pride of playing in front of a home crowd.

“We had initially selected three spinners in the provisional 18-player squad in anticipation of the sub-continent conditions in Sri Lanka. But with the tournament now taking in South Africa and the change in conditions, we have named two specialist spinners and extra cover within our fast bowling group.

CSA Director of Cricket, Enoch Nkwe, added: “After months of hard work we are pleased to see such a well-rounded squad that will represent South Africa at the World Cup.

“The quality of this group shows the amount of work that is going on behind the scenes through the CSA pipeline and I have no doubt they will do us proud next year.” DM

SA U19s Men’s Squad – ICC U19 Men’s World Cup 2024

David Teeger (captain, Lions), Esosa Aihevba (Lions), Juan James (Western Province), Martin Khumalo (Easterns), Kwena Maphaka (Lions), Dewan Marias (Easterns), Riley Norton (Boland), Nqobani Mokoena (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Romashan Pillay (KwaZula-Natal Coastal), Sipho Potsane (Lions), Lhuan-dre Pretorius (Lions), Richard Seletswane (Lions), Oliver Whitehead (Western Province), Steve Stolk (Titans), and Ntando Zuma (KwaZulu-Natal Inland).

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  • CSA showed unmitigated bias and onesidedeness. They have not shown any strength of character by appointing Teeger Captain, he is entitled to that position by virtue of his talent and strength of character.

    If CSA had any strength of Character it’s entire board would resign for bringing cricket into disrepute.
    Shame on CSA.

  • Paul Roberts says:

    Congratulations to him. South Africa is a democratic country where freedom of speech, even if you disagree and providing it’s not hate speech, has to be respected and upheld.

  • Paul Davis says:

    Shouldn’t there be an enquiry into the vitriolic and biased comments by CSAA board and some of their affiliates

  • Barry Taylor says:

    Congratulation’s to Teeger and secondly the words he uttered should never even have been “made” controversial by CSA as it was the truth. But being so pro anc and anti jewish I am not surprised

  • Andrew Johnson says:

    Good decision by CSA and showing some common sense. ADV Wingrove’s verdict was well constructed

  • Agf Agf says:

    Brave young man speaking the truth. Imagine if a Muslim player had made pro Palestinian comments at a Muslim event. There would not have been a peep out of anyone.

  • virginia crawford says:

    Prepare for political comments from other young cricket captains:please, no tears if they offend you. I feel he is poor captain material – cricket should be his priority not politics. Saying controversial things is not smart, even a teenager can understand that.

  • Malcolm Mitchell says:

    Sanity has prevailed and England has lost out on a future captain for the time being!

  • And how big was CSA’s Xmas box? Especially Pholetsi’s?????.

  • Tony Freeman says:

    I totally disagree with Virginia, leadership is all about principles and the captain displays all the necessary principles in spades.

  • D.R. W says:

    I sincerely hope that this witch hunt against a young athlete will be put behind him, his team mates and cricket administrators. It was yet another a shameful episode in this sporting code. The interference of the politically motivated administrators in the sport is a large reason for the team’s lack of success over decades since the Proteas re-entered the international arena. One just has to look at how many cricketers have simply left SA & are playing their craft in other nations today, rather than deal with the CSA & provincial biases. It’s a shame that this phenomenon exists across numerous sporting codes.

  • Barry Messenger says:

    Best wishes to David for his future.

  • anthony ruger says:

    Congratulations to David Teeger as to his position and stance with thumbs-up for CSA and with more and more strength going forward

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