Western Province announce Kyle Verreyne as captain for CSA One-day Cup

South Africa wicketkeeper batter Kyle Verreynne has been announced as the skipper for the upcoming CSA One-day Cup, scheduled to begin on September 16.

Verreynne replaces all-rounder Wayne Parnell, who is battling a shoulder niggle injury.

Earlier, Verreynne had captained the team in seven first-class matches and three T20s during the 2022-23 season.

Western Province head coach, Salieg Nackerdien mentioned Parnell’s workload and shoulder injury as the reason for the replacement.

“Wayne is busy with physiotherapy, and hopefully, he’ll be ready during the One-Day Cup depending on his availability and how he responds,” Nackerdein said.

Commenting on Verreyne’s captaincy, Nackerdien said: “He is very much keen and committed to Western Province, and a key player in the squad. That is the reason why Kyle is taking over — to create continuity with the team, [with the One-Day Cup] starting in two weeks’ time.”

“I know Kyle will do an outstanding job for the team. He is currently gelling nicely with the squad, adding to the environment we’ve created over the past two or three seasons,” he further added.

In the T20s led by Verreynne last season, Western Province won two of the seven four-day games and lost the other two where Verreynne averaged 59.44 in those first-class games as skipper, slamming a ton and four half-centuries.

Verreynne, while talking to the reporters, spoke on his captaincy role and expressed his love towards Western Province.

“I am really excited; we have a nice bunch of guys this year. Western Province means a lot to me, so to be able to captain this side and lead this year is massive, and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

“Something I’m big on is just having fun and making sure we enjoy our cricket. So, throughout the season that is going to be the message from me,” Verreynne added.

News Desk

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