Deputy Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Ms Nocawe Mafu, says she will personally fly to Australia to support the Proteas Women should they advance to the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup final in Melbourne on March 8.
She was addressing media and stakeholders at Wanderers Cricket Stadium, on Monday, 13 January 2020, as Cricket South Africa unveiled the Proteas Women’s team for the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, starting on 21 February.
“All the best as you take on England, Thailand, Pakistan and the West Indies. We are confident that you will proceed to the next rounds and we will definitely see you in Melbourne on 8 March 2019.”
Ms Mafu lauded Cricket South Africa for creating a pathway for women in cricket by providing the players with professional contracts.
“South African women cricketers have been awarded professional contracts by Cricket South Africa and the creation of a career pathway for women in cricket.
“Talented young female cricketers have benefitted from Cricket South Africa’s continued efforts to enhance South Africa’s women’s cricket pathway, none more so than through the recent Women’s Super League.
“Some of the players are the most sought after in the domestic leagues in Australia and England.”
The experienced 15-member squad led by captain Dané van Niekerk qualified for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup which will take place from 21 February to 8 March 2020 in Australia.
With the Proteas Women team currently ranked sixth in the world, Mafu believes that they have players in the squad that can proceed all the way to the final on the 8th of March in Melbourne.
“We believe that the South African Women Proteas team which is currently ranked sixth in the world, with the following notable player rankings at T20 international level; Danė van Niekerk ranked sixth best all-rounder in the World, Shabnim Ismail ranked third best bowler in the World, Lizelle Lee ranked ninth in the World batting rankings.
“Further, Ismail and Lee were recently named in the 2019 ICC T20 Team of the year have an excellent chance of proceeding all the way to the final on 8 March in Melbourne. This final takes place on International Women’s Day. The Theme for the year is “I am Generation Equality” – Realising Women’s Rights,” said Ms Mafu.
The Proteas Women T20 Squad for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Australia 2020:
Dané van Niekerk (Eastern Province)
Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province)
Lizelle Lee (North West)
Mignon du Preez (Northerns)
Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province)
Sune Luus (Northerns)
Chloe Tryon (Vice-Captain) (KZN Coastal)
Shabnim Ismail (KZN Coastal)
Ayabonga Khaka (Gauteng)
Masabata Klaas (North West)
Tumi Sekhukhune (North West)
Trisha Chetty (KZN Coastal)
Nonkululeko Mlaba (KZN Coastal)
Nadine de Klerk (Western Province)
Nondumiso Shangase (KZN Coastal)
Photo 1 caption: Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Ms Nocawe Mafu, has promised to attend the final to support the Proteas Women of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on 8 March this year, if the South African women’s team progresses to the championship decider in Australia, at The Gallery at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday, 13 January 2020. Photo: gsport
Photo 3 caption: Deputy Minster Mafu joins the Proteas Women’s squad and management team on stage for a big smile at the conclusion of formalities. Deputy Minister Mafu. Photo: gsport
Photo 3 caption: Dignitaries attending the announcement included Mrs Sumayya Khan, Acting Director General of Sport and Recreation South Africa (not in image), and (from left) canoeing Olympic bronze-medalist Bridgitte Hartley, Cricket SA Chief Commercial Officer, Kugandrie Govender, Cricket SA Head of Transformation, Max Jordaan, and Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Ms Nocawe Mafu. Photo: gsport