South African international and former Proteas Women captain Dané van Niekerk has opted to pull out of the Women’s Big Bash League draft due to a thumb injury sustained in the recently concluded The Hundred tournament.
The WBBL|09 draft list was announced on Wednesday, 30 August 2023, featuring a number of South African players amongst a superstar global contingent.
On the nominees list, 25 players have been given platinum status, 6 of those include South Africa’s Tazmin Brits, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Chloé Tryon and Laura Wolvaardt.
Under the WBBL Draft rules, only those 25 platinum players are eligible to be picked in the first round, while platinum or gold level players can be taken in the second round.
Those taken in the first round of the draft at the platinum level will pocket A$110,000, while gold tier players will earn A$90,000.
Also featured on the full overseas player list from South Africa is Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Annerie Dercksen, Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta, Michaela Kirk, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus, Eliz-Mari Marx, Robyn Searle, Faye Tunnicliffe and Jane Winster.
Photo 1 Caption: Former Proteas Women captain Dané van Niekerk pictured in action for South Africa. Photo: SABC Sport (Twitter)