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Player Profile: Kaiser Gantsho

Kaiser Gantsho is a left-arm seam bowler and left-handed batsman who started playing cricket at the age of 14 in the village where he grew up, Pirie Mission, which is situated just outside Qonce (then King William's Town).

As a youngster he used to play in the Amacala Egusha tournaments in the area, where future internationals fast bowlers Makhaya Ntini and Mfuneko Ngam also caught the eye.

Gantsho’s studies took him to Port Elizabeth where he played for United brothers, and when he returned to Border he turned out for the likes of Willows, Police Club and Old Boys.

His brother persuaded him to sign up for the Veterans League and after starring at the Interprovincial Tournament, he was selected for the Proteas Veterans and played at the Africa Quadrangular Series final, taking 2/47 in the final against Zimbabwe.

Nickname: KGee

Favourite cricketer: Brian Lara, Ian Bishop, Senzo Kampa, Theko Mabona

Favourite shot: Pull shot

Favourite delivery: Outswinger to a right-hander

Toughest bowlers faced: Mfuneko Ngam, Makhaya Ntini

Toughest batsman bowled to: Theko Mabona, Senzo Kampa, Andile Mxenge, Kenneth Mahuwa


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