This year’s event is scheduled to take place from 16 – 19 December at the Primroses Cricket Club home ground in Kenilworth, and surrounding fields.
The tournament is held under the patronage of deputy President of Cricket South Africa, Beresford Williams and WPCA CEO, Nabiel Dien.
From humble beginnings in 2016, the T20 Youth Cricket Tournament has become the largest youth event of its kind in South Africa. The ethos of the four-day tournament is to produce inclusive social cohesion and is designed to give the young players a sense of cricket heritage and to build confidence.
A record 68 teams from the U-10 to U-17 age categories and girl’s teams, as well as 150 mini-cricketers, will take to the field in the tournament. What makes the tournament unique is the fact that no teams or players are charged a cent to play.
This year’s tournament is of added significance as it will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death in detention of Imam Abdullah Haron at the hands of the apartheid regime. Imam Haron was not only a religious leader and political activist who gave his life in advocating social justice, but he was also an avid sportsman who played a significant role in non-racial sport.
Meet the Patrons
Beresford Williams first entered into cricket administration at the age of 20 when he served as treasurer of St Augustine’s Cricket Club. He represented and captained Western Province Cricket at all age group levels as well as the WPCB U21 and WPCB “B” teams. He went on to become Chairperson of St. Augustine Cricket Club in 1999, a position he held until 2010, when he was elected President of the Western Province Cricket Association. He is currently the Vice President of Cricket South Africa.
Nabiel Dien is the chief executive officer of Western Province Cricket Association, a position he has held since 2015. The former school teacher has had a long history with Western Province cricket, having worked for the association for 15 years. He was instrumental in developing pipeline-strategies as well as setting foundations for cup-success which has been synonymous with WP and the Nashua Cape Cobras the past decade. Dien started as Youth Cricket manager in 1997 and rose to the position of director of amateur cricket in 2002. The WPCA appointed Dien as chief executive of amateur cricket before he left full-time employment in July 2008 to pursue other interests. In June 2010, he became general manager of WPCA. Dien, formerly a senior Western Province cricket-administrator for nine years, has served on senior development committees of Cricket South Africa the past decade.