Mnyaka: T20 Global League pick a ‘dream come true’

Eighteen-year-old Akhona Mnyaka has described his selection for the Bloem City Blazers in the inaugural T20 Global league as ‘unexpected’ and as an opportunity to grow his fledging cricket career.

Mnyaka is the youngest player to be picked in the player draft, which saw all eight teams in the tournament finalise their respective squads in Cape Town over the weekend.

The left-arm seamer from East London – who made his South Africa Under-19 debut earlier this year – says he is looking forward to playing with and against some of the best cricketers in the world.

He particularly wants to gain as much knowledge and experience from Bloem City Blazers bowling coach mentor, Allan Donald, a player he has looked up to as a young fast bowler.

“I don’t think my selection has sunk in yet,” he admitted. “It is quite nerve-wrecking thinking that I will be playing against some of the best cricketers in the world, but at the same time, it is an opportunity to test my skills against the best if I am given the opportunity.

“I grew up idolising players like Allan Donald, David Miller and Kieron Pollard, and now I get to be part of their fantastic squad, what a dream come true.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Bloem City Blazers and I hope to use my time with the squad learning, growing and adapting as a cricketer.

“I want to absorb as much information as possible during my time with the squad, and hopefully put that back into my career going forward.

“This competition has really opened up the platform for many young cricketers in South Africa, it will no doubt expose a lot of potential players that can go on to make their mark for South Africa.”