- D.O.B.: 16/07/2001
- Player Type: Bowling All-Rounder (Seam)
- Availabilty: Yes
- Nationality: South African
- Playing Role: Right-handed Middle/Lower Order Batsman and Right-arm Fast
- Coaching qualifications: Cricket South Africa Level 1 (ECB Level 2 Equivalent)
- Recent teams: Kwa-Zulu Natal Inland (RSA Provincial), South Africa U19
- Entry route: International Sportspersons Visa
- Available: April to September
Mondli Khumalo is an incredibly talented young seam bowling all-rounder from Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa. A right-handed lower order batsman, he can hit clean and long but his main attribute is his rapid Right-arm Fast seam bowling. A bustling run up and quick arm action, Mondli generates serious pace from his athletic 6ft frame. Hailing from Umlazi, a township in KwaZulu-Natal which is the fourth largest Township in the country, Mondli started playing cricket at around 11 years old, the same time he lost his father. He was drafted in to the KwaZulu-Natal development programme in 2017 with the aim to introduce cricket to the rural and township areas in KZN and had already been involved in the CSA U13 & U15 National Championships having been identified whilst captaining the Umlazi Cricket Club.
In 2014, Mondli was awarded a scholarship from Glenwood Prep and had to move from school in Umlazi, he would later attend Maritzburg college but always stayed in regular contact with his boyhood coaches who supported him through the tough times he faced at such a tender age and their encouragement has continued to spur him to chase his cricketing dream, which up until this point is very much still a reality. His constant threat with the new ball at age group levels saw Mondli selected for the South African U19 squad in 2017 to play in a Tri-Series with Namibia U19 and England U19, at just 16 years old. He would remain in the frame for the National U19 side right through to the 2020 ICC Under 19 World Cup, hosted in South Africa and still just 18, he made 4 appearances for his nation in the tournament.
Mondli ventured to the UK for the first time in 2022, joining North Petherton Cricket Club in the West of England League. What had started as an incredibly promising first stint quickly turned on its head when Mondli was attacked on a night out, resulting in him being not only unable to to continue the season with NPCC but questioning whether he would play again at all. His 15 wickets @ 14.93 and 191 runs @ 63.67 show signs he can have a real impact as a club professional here in the UK.
In a wonderful result for Mondli, he was able to return to the UK in 2023 to have the season he’d longed for in 2022 and failed to disappoint. His 872 runs @ 37.91 to go with 41 wickets @ 16.63 was an excellent return and showed what he can do in an epic comeback story for this lovely young man.
Seeking to follow his favourite cricketers, Kagiso Rabada and Virat Kohli into the big time, Mondli is looking spend the winters playing in the UK to hone his all-round game and will no doubt have the guys in the pecking order ahead of him on their toes. With his genuinely quick new ball bowling, Mondli is an ambitious but humble young man and will be a great fit for any club seeking to add serious wheels to their armoury. Mondli is also a keen coach.
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|KZN Inland/Maritzburg College U19||2019-20||20||12||132|