De Villiers, Parnell return to action

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AB de Villiers and Wayne Parnell will return to competitive cricket this weekend although it will not be at full franchise level.

De Villiers will play in a club match on Saturday while Parnell will turn out for Eastern Province in their three-day match against Boland starting on Thursday followed by the limited overs fixture on Sunday.

Parnell will be limited to five overs per day in the three-day match but will be allowed to bowl his full allocation of eight overs on Sunday.

De Villiers’ participation is subject to his coming through a medical examination later this week with the CSA medical committee.

De Villiers had an ankle operation during the off-season to deal with a long-term injury while Parnell has been out of action since suffering a groin injury during the Indian Premier League early in the year.

Cricket South Africa is making available all the nationally contracted players for the opening round of SuperSport Series matches which start on Thursday and continues until Sunday.

The only exceptions will be players on the injured list and this includes the quartet of Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, Albie Morkel and Dale Steyn in addition to De Villiers and Parnell.

Kallis has an upper back and neck injury which should clear up in the next three weeks while Boucher’s shoulder injury will sideline him for the first two rounds of the SuperSport Series. Morkel has a side strain.

Steyn has a statutory rest period of at least two weeks following the concussion he suffered in the Champions League T20. He is also being treated for cervicular whiplash and lumbar contusion.

The Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras start the defence of their SuperSport Series title against the bizhub Highveld Lions at Randjesfontein on Thursday.

In the other matches the Nashua Titans are at home to the Chevrolet Warriors at SuperSport Park while the Chevrolet Knights have a home fixture against the Nashua Dolphins at the De Beers Diamond Oval.

Apart from the presence of the contracted players there are two experienced Proteas back in the mix for national selection in Robin Peterson of the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras and Jacques Rudolph of the Nashua Titans following the termination of their Kolpak contracts in England.

Peterson has already been called up for the Proteas’ Standard Bank limited overs squads for the series against Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

Rudolph, who will captain the Titans, is an experienced Test cricketer and the four-day SuperSport Series format provides him with the ideal forum to underline his class in the longer form of the game.

As usual, there has been a fair amount of player movement during the off-season. Significant ones include CJ de Villiers going from the Chevrolet Knights to the Nashua Titans, Imran Tahir from the Titans to the Nashua Dolphins and Basheeru-deen Walters from the Titans back to the Chevrolet Warriors.

Walters and Craig Alexander of the bizhub Highveld Lions, who has recovered from a long-term injury, were star performers with the new ball for the SA Emerging Squad during their successful trip to Australia and their progress will be followed with interest.

The Lions’ squad includes Paul Harris, a new arrival from the Titans, as well as Friedel de Wet who has recovered from long-term injury.

Source: Times Live – September 29, 2010

AB and Makhaya Rock the KFC National Seminar

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AB and Makhaya at the KFC Cricket ClinicProteas players, AB de Villiers and Makhaya Ntini, joined more than 160 delegates for some fun and games at the KFC National Mini Cricket Seminar in Parys on Monday.

Both players eagerly participated in the day’s activities, and interacted with many of their adoring fans attending the seminar, which is held to celebrate the successes of the past year, and to map the way forward for KFC Mini Cricket.

De Villiers is a product of KFC Mini Cricket, and was also full of praise and encouragement for the attending delegates, especially the women, whose participation continues to grow by the year.

“These are the people that are responsible for how far this programme has come in the past years. They are the background players that put in a lot of time and energy into coaching and educating children about cricket and they deserve all of the praise. It is also especially encouraging to see so many dedicated women involved, your contributions will go a long way in shaping tomorrow,” said de Villiers.

Ntini was equally enthusiastic about the programme and the special people involved: “ So many of the cricketers in the current setup started playing cricket via mini cricket and the delegates here have nurtured thousands of potential Proteas. It has been an honour spending time with them today (Monday), they are truly inspirational and dedicated people. I have only one message to say to them, enjoy every moment of what you do, if your heart is not there, it doesn’t matter, ” remarked Ntini.

The seminar also aims to shine a light on the selfless efforts of the administrators and coaches responsible for growing the game through KFC Mini Cricket. This year special acknowledgement went to the women involved in cricket, as KFC looks to raise the profile of women in sport.

“KFC Is very proud to be part of the Mini Cricket programme, not only to support the programme in getting kids fit and active, but we are proud to be involved with a programme that uplifts the role of women in sport. The majority of the coaches in the mini-cricket programme are women who volunteer their time and are passionate about keeping kids active and helping them with the disciplines of the game. Every year KFC acknowledges the administrators and this year we recognized Tshegofatso Marumoloe who is a strong women, who has with time and hard work made a difference to the KFC Mini Cricket programme. We thank all women involved in the programme and we are proud to have so many in the game of cricket,’ commented David Timm, Chief Marketing Officer for KFC.

KFC Administrator of the Year, Tshegofatso Marumoloe, has urged all involved to keep the good work up.

“It is incredibly fulfilling for me to be involved in such a wonderful and uplifting programme. I hope that everyone knows how important their role in the community is, and that they will continue to inspire all the young cricket players via the KFC Mini Cricket programme,” said Marumoloe.

The seminar will focus on new coaching skills training, ways of effective communication with children and on motivating the various co-ordinators, school teachers and facilitators. The delegates will spend three days at Khaya Ebubesi, a game farm in the Parys outskirts, for fun, learning and bonding, that will no doubt help make the programme bigger and better.

Source: Cricket South Africa – September 27, 2010

AB ready to keep Proteas in tune

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AB de Villiers, the world’s No1 batsman in ODI cricket, has recovered from ankle surgery and will be fit to join the team next month for the first internationals of the summer.

De Villiers had surgery eight weeks ago but said his recovery was “ahead of schedule”.

South Africa open the season on October 8 with the first of two Twenty20 matches against Zimbabwe, in Bloemfontein. The series will include three ODIs and be followed by a full series against Pakistan, including two Tests, in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

De Villiers, who took over as wicketkeeper for the Proteas team during this year’s tour of the West Indies, will stay behind the stumps, effectively ending Mark Boucher’s ODI career. Boucher, however, has been retained for the Tests.

De Villiers returned from Los Angeles yesterday to indulge in his favourite pastime after cricket, music. He plays the guitar and writes songs and recently released his debut album, Maak Jou Drome Waar (Make Your Dreams Come True), with fellow musician Ampie du Preez. They are to perform at the Innibos festival in Nelspruit at the weekend.

The South African cricket squads named this week include uncapped Rusty Theron and Colin Ingram. Wayne Parnell returns after a groin injury and Robin Peterson has been recalled.

Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis have been rested ahead of the World Cup in 2011.

Source: Times Live – September 23, 2010 / MICHAEL BRATT

In a minute with AB de Villiers

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AB de Villiers“I sing, some people don’t know that, and I’ve put an album together called, Maak Jou Drome Waar.”

My first love will always be cricket, but I love keeping myself busy, I love chasing after my dreams. To record an album was one of them – I have many more. Nothing will come in the way of cricket, though.

My dream to record an album started a long time ago. I recorded it with my good friend Ampie du Preez. It’s mostly about chasing after your dreams, not being scared to fall, but rather seeing it as an opportunity to learn from your mistakes and dream bigger.

Cricket season is gonna get busy again. We normally have an off season of about two months. Some of the guys go overseas, some go fishing, hunting, and whatever they might find interesting.

Obviously I got the odd “chirp” from my teammates when I told them I was recording an album, but, all in all, they really backed me and even enjoy some of the songs. I was just forced to sing a song after one of our games. It was a good laugh.

Doing all those cricket commercials and photo shoots really helped prepare me for my music video – you can check it out on YouTube. It was hard work, but I really enjoyed it so much.

The one thing you probably don’t know about me is that I am a bad cook. Hopefully, I’ll get better one day. One day .

If I could trade sports with another sportsman for a day, it would be with Louis Oosthuizen. I love golf and wouldn’t mind winning the British Open. The biggest reason for this is the humble way in which he celebrated afterwards. I simply love that and it makes me feel so proud to be South African.

Source: Times Live – September 19, 2010 / JASON VON BERG

Behind-the-scenes of AB’s weekend at Sports Illustrated

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