Titans Cricket’s Youth Coordinator, Lineze Wilson has been appointed the new head coach of the South African Indoor Cricket Ladies Team.
A former indoor cricket player herself, Lineze ‘Ice’ Wilson is ready to take on the next challenge in the thrilling format as a head coach. Wilson succeeds her late husband, Jonny Wilson, and admits her appointment comes with mixed emotions.
“I am really proud to be appointed as coach, but it’s a bittersweet moment, due to the fact that the role use to belong to my late husband Johnny Wilson who passed away in June. We always had a bit of a family feud in who is the best cricket coach,” she remembered with a smile.
Wilson had a very respectable indoor career in her days as a player and holds an Advanced CSA Level 2 Coaching Qualification. She believes that her philosophy and coaching style is a tailored approach to suit the individual needs of the player.
“I aim to cater for every individual’s needs. You can’t train everyone the same. I will make sure that my players are mentally prepared and tough, I love mind games.”
Looking ahead, Wilson has already put goals in place as her team looks to prepare for the World Cup which is fast approaching.
“Our short-term goal is to cut the practice squad down to the top 16 female players in the country, and then make sure we get enough funding. Getting the girls together as often as possible to train will also be key for our World Cup preparation.”
“We have a strong squad with a lot of skill. We also have a huge responsibility in representing our country and we are role models for the younger girls who are at the beginning of their cricket career,” she added.
The teams ambitions ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Australia are clear.
“I want to get the best out of my team, mentally and physically. Our mindset going into the World Cup is to take what belongs to us, we have enough silver medals, I think it is time for GOLD!” Wilson stated.
Wilson is happy with the strides that have been made in indoor cricket, and hopes South Africa will one day see the game as a steppingstone to greater things.
“Interesting fact about the 2017 world cup that was played in Dubai, I think a total of 5 players that represented Australia is currently playing in the WBBL.”
“We as Team SA have put ourselves on the map with our performances over the years. We approach our world cup preparations, even without any financial support.”
“Some big names in cricket that started at Indoor cricket, include Mignon Du Preez and Sunette Viljoen.”
“It would be great if South Africa cricket will look at Indoor cricket as part of the pipeline especially for girls.”