Cricket South Africa (CSA) have announced the One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 (T20) women”s squads for India tour to South Africa.
The tour comprises a three-match, ODI and five-match T20 series from February 5-24, 2017 across seven venues.
The ODI series will form part of the ICC Women’s Championship (IWC), the qualification tournament for the next ICC Women’s World Cup in 2021.
The T20 series will be part of the doubleheader contests alongside the men”s T20 series to happen in Southafrica between the same nations.
Coach, Hilton Moreeng is looking forward to his side’s return to action and believes that their preparation through camps in the last few months will hold them in good stead against their dangerous Indian opponents.
“For us, the team selection has been a continuation of the World Cup with a few youngsters included in the squad,” he said.
“These youngsters need to start learning and being part of a squad that has been doing well in the last couple of years, it will do them a world of good in their growth. As one of the finalists in the World Cup, we know that the series against India is going to be a tough one. We need to make sure that we capitalize on the home-ground advantage as a team to make sure that we bring the right results to the fore.
“It’s been a long break for the squad and preparation has been very good building up to this important, first IWC series and we are going to make sure that we keep working hard and that we arrive prepared for it. Come the first game against India, we need to make sure that we hit the ground running.”
The T20 squad sees the call-up of 24-year-old, right-arm medium pacer, Zintle Mali of Border. It is also the opportune time to begin preparation for the ICC Women’s World T20 which will be held this November in the West Indies.
Otherwise, the squad has quite a few regular faces that played a crucial part in Southafrica women”s team world cup campaign.
ODI squad: Dane van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Trisha Chetty (Gauteng), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Ayabonga Khaka (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Sune Luus (Northerns), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Lizelle Lee (North West), Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Andrie Steyn (Western Province), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng), Zintle Mali (Border)
T20 squad: Dane van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Trisha Chetty (Gauteng), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Ayabonga Khaka (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Sune Luus (Northerns), Odine Kirsten (Northerns), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Lizelle Lee (North West), Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Nadine de Klerk (Northerns), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng), Moseline Daniels (Boland)