Madibaz cricketer Lutho Sipamla is relishing his opportunity to show what he can do at the next level after being chosen for the Proteas cricket squad for the Twenty20 series against Pakistan.
The 20-year-old fast bowler second-year student was named on Friday in the national squad for the three-match series against Pakistan. The first game will be played in Cape Town on Friday.
After learning about his selection, Sipamla, who excelled in the Mzansi Super League last year, said he was “happy, nervous and emotional all at the same time”.
“It was not something I was expecting and although I know I have put in a lot of hard work it still came as something out of the blue.
“Hopefully I will get a chance to play and I just want to go out there and make the most of my opportunity.”
Last year Sipamla, along with Madibaz colleague Tiaan Koekemoer, was selected for the University Sport South Africa side and at the start of the 2018-19 season he was chosen for the Warriors franchise squad.
“When you play franchise cricket you have to be on point and I had to work a lot on my execution and my consistency,” he said.
“Concentrating on that helped me to improve my overall game and become a better player, I guess.”
He added that the coaching teams at Madibaz and the Warriors had been “a big driving force in my cricket”.
“Every practice and every game I play I get to learn from all the seniors by speaking to them and asking questions.
“Every day I am learning and that’s what I need to do at this stage.”