Ntini a pioneer for youngsters, says Smith

 

By ELLIOT MATHYE

 

South Africa fast bowler, Makhaya Ntini has retired from international cricket but will continue representing the country in domestic games.

The bowling master will be given a farewell during the Twenty20 international between South Africa and India while at the same time will make his final appearance for the country at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on January 9.

 

Proteas team captain Graeme Smith paid tribute to Ntini after his announcement at a press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday, November 2.

 

“He has been a pioneer for youngsters and has represented every South African everytime he wore his Proteas jersey and I am so proud of his achievements, his records speak for themselves and he leaves behind a lasting legacy for many to aspire to,” said Smith

 

Makhaya’s international career began 13 years ago and he was the first black African player to represent the country, four years after democracy. It was the completion of a journey that began when he was 14-year-old.

 

He was later given a scholarship to Dale College, a prestigious Eastern Cape school that had deep cricketing roots before achieving what many thought was impossible seven years later.

 

Ntini is to carry on playing domestic cricket and will also help to develop a new generation of players through his work with a cricket academy. Sports Focus salute you Makhaya!

 

 

 

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