June 17 – The South African cricketers celebrated one of their country’s most important holidays – Youth Day – in St Kitts today in a very special way. In conjunction with former West Indies batsman and super fielder Keith Arthurton – who runs a prominent cricket academy on the island, the team hosted a cricket clinic for youth cricketers. Some of the Proteas cricketers and coaching staff conducted the session at Warner Park with several members of the Digicel-sponsored Keith Arthurton Cricket Academy and other Kittitian youth cricketers. “Youth Day is a very significant day in the history of South Africa. June 16th marks the day in 1976 when a lot of youths who were school-going, took a march to Orlando Stadium which is now being used as one of the practice venues for the Football World Cup,” explained South African Team, Manager Mohammed Moosajee. “They were met with resistance By the forces of at the time and in the aftermath of June 16th, it snowballed into the liberation struggle (against apartheid),” Moosajee added. “We’ve decided that since we are in St Kitts (on Youth Day) and we are enjoying the Caribbean hospitality that we should give back in the form of a fitness, conditioning and fielding clinic,” Moosajee said. The clinic took on an added flavor as the Proteas were all dressed in gold shirts worn By the South African national footballers – Bafana Bafana – who went down 3-0 to Uruguay today, leaving their devoted fans hugely disappointed. The South African cricketers followed the match from their team hotel after their practice session in the morning and the Youth Day Clinic. They were originally scheduled to practice in the afternoon but switched to the morning to allow the players to watch the football game which started at 2:30pm local time. The West Indies team happily accommodated the switch and practiced in the afternoon instead.