Attending members were CEO of CSA Haroon Largot, UP’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Cheryl De le Rey, executive director of infrastructure and sport Prof. Antonie de Klerk and director of TuksSport Kobus van der Walt. Members of the national cricket team were also there.
Largot thanked Prof. De le Rey for renting out the land on which the centre is built and the CSA board members for the funding. He said that CSA wants to transform the game of cricket in every sense and that this centre will aid the process. He emphasised that the centre will spread the knowledge and technology across all dimensions of cricket.
The R30 million building boasts world class technology and coaching software.
CSA’s general manager Corrie van Zyl said that the building has sensor mats that can sense the foot work and movement of players.
The centre’s spin bowling machine can be programed to bowl any type of spin technique or even a combination of all. This will be used to prepare batsmen for spin bowlers. This machine has received high recommendation by the English national cricket team.
Van Zyl explained that the centre will be used to prepare the Proteas for international competition, but also to provide the same level of coaching technology to disadvantaged communities.
TuksCricket projects administrator Zolani Gubuza told Perdeby this opportunity will allow their players to grow and one of the biggest benefits is that it will allow them to continue training even when it’s raining.
Prof. De le Rey told Perdeby that the centre will be important for academic research.
Former Tuks cricketer and Protea player AB de Villers told Perdeby that he was excited about the facility and the opportunities it will create for TuksCricket.
Photo: Brad Donald