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Mirza Makes The Most Of South Africa Trip
Dec. 7th, 2009
US young cricketer, Cameron Mirza, has impressed coaches and fellow players at the International Pro Camp in Potchefstroom, South Africa that finished on December 4th. The 16-year old opening batsman - the youngest ever to take part in such a camp run by North West Cricket - played in both matches during the week at the University grounds. And with most of the attendees not realizing the US even played cricket, his presence has created a real stir.
North West Cricket batting consultant, Monty Jacobs was on hand to assess Mirza in a mixed match of first-class and academy contracted players and against national team Namibia Under 19s. Jacobs, who is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s top batting coaches, thought he appeared unfazed and very organised. ‘’Cameron is a really good-looking player comparable to others at this camp'', he commented. ''There are some small technical tweaks he can make that will help him adjust to grass pitches but he will improve the more he plays on real turf. For a 16 year-old to come in at this level from the USA, out of his winter and not look out of place in any way is a real credit to him and his coach. ”
Brett Pelser, captain of the North West Cricket
first-class franchise team the NW Dragons was attending the camp
himself. He said, ''It's exciting to see emerging talent like this
from outside the Test playing countries. Cameron is a super lad
and fitted in really well with his peers. You can only wonder how
far up the ladder he could climb with the right opportunities. He's
been a credit to his country and we are all now keeping an eye out
for his development as I feel sure we could see him go to the top
if he can continue his rapid improvements.''
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