The Memorandum of Understanding between the Titans and the University of Pretoria (Tuks) will now run into a third year and Chief Executive Officer, Jacques Faul, was delighted to be able to maintain the relationship.
“Assupol Tuks Cricket Club have been a great partner in terms of the pipeline, they’ve done amazing things for us because talented young players have to start somewhere.
"Guys like Lungi Ngidi, Theunis de Bruyn, Aiden Markram, and going further back, the Morkel brothers, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, have all come through the University of Pretoria.
"The work of first Pierre de Bruyn and now Kruger van Wyk as the head coach there speaks for itself.
“But the partnership also allows a lot of training opportunities for our staff, some of our personnel have done their MBAs through Tuks. There is also the opportunity for internship training and development. The partnership definitely works from our side,” said Faul.
Cheryl de la Ray, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria expressed, "We are absolutely delighted to re-sign with the Titans Cricket. What we have in common is our commitment to sporting excellence at the highest level and developing great cricketers and this partnership provides the pathway to excellence."
Developing young stars does not come cheap nor easily, and Assupol Tuks Cricket Club are rightfully proud of their achievements, having added yet another Varsity Cup title to their trophy cabinet this weekend in Potchefstroom.
It is certainly an extremely rare occurrence for one cricket club to provide five starting members of a Test XI, but that is exactly what happened in the 2nd Test against India two weeks ago at SuperSport Park, with Markram, Ngidi, Du Plessis, De Villiers and Morné Morkel all turning out for the Standard Bank Proteas.
“We’re obviously very proud of the players that we have grown for both the Titans and Proteas and it’s all about getting the right people to help and develop young players.
"We’ve had a string of great coaches here, starting with Shafiek Abrahams, Grant Morgan, Rob Walter, Heinrich Malan, Anton Roux, Pierre de Bruyn and now Kruger van Wyk,” said club chairman Sollie Barnard.
“With great support from the university, they enable us to continue that trend and employ coaches that can take players to another level.
"We want to identify the top young players and get them ready for franchise cricket quicker than normal. So we are very proud of our little factory.”