Mignon du Preez is all smiles whilst speaking to the media. © ICC

Mignon du Preez, the South Africa batter, has been appointed coach of Kagiso Rabada’s Kingfishers, one of the three teams in Cricket South Africa’s newest men’s competition, the Solidarity Cup.

The competition, which will see three teams consisting of eight players each compete in a new format, is set to begin on June 27 and will mark the return of cricket to South Africa.

Rabada’s side includes the likes of Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris, and Tabraiz Shamsi, all of whom have plenty of international experience under their belt. The other four players in the side are Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, Heinrich Klaasen and Glenton Stuurman.

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Du Preez, who was part of South Africa’s squad at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia, will have the company of Geoffrey Toyana and Wandile Gwavu who are serving as coaches of the other two competing teams.

The competition will take place at Centurion which is du Preeez’s home ground for the Northerns. Early last year, the Northerns Cricket Union unveiled the ‘Mignon du Preez Gate’ at the stadium to celebrate one of their greatest players. She was also added to the Wall of Fame.

The 31-year-old, who has played over 200 internationals for South Africa, took to social media to express her gratitude to be involved in the tournament.