Excited Laura Wolvaardt Looks Forward to Opening T20I Series Match Against Pakistan

Interim Proteas Women captain Laura Wolvaardt is looking forward to leading the team for the first time when the South Africans take on Pakistan in a three-match T20I in Karachi, starting today, 1 September 2023. Photo: Laura Wolvaardt (Instagram)

Interim Proteas Women captain Laura Wolvaardt is looking forward to leading the team for the first time when the South Africans take on Pakistan in a three-match T20I in Karachi, starting today, 1 September 2023. 

The 24-year-old Momentum Athlete of the Year finalist at the 2023 Momentum gsport Awards was announced as interim captain by Cricket South Africa last week and is excited to get her reign underway.

Looking ahead to her new role in the team, Wolvaardt revealed she has talked with Luus about what to expect in the role and had also sought advice from a host of former captains and coaches that had previously helped her rise to the top.

“I have had chats with both (former South Africa captains) Suné (Luus) and Dané (van Niekerk) and just chatted about the opportunity and the experience,” Wolvaardt said.

“Captains that I have looked up to from other countries would be Meg Lanning and Heather Knight as I like how calm they are going about cricket and they never look fazed on the field.

“It has been a mixture of talking to people, even people who weren’t captains, like past coaches that I have had just to get as much advice as I can.

“Everyone goes about it in a different way so most of the advice I have gotten has been to be true to who I am and do it my own way.”

The South Africans will be in action in the opening T20I series match today at 16h30 SA time. Stay tuned to @gsport4girls across social media for latest match updates! 

Fixtures – South Africa Tour to Pakistan 2023/24:1

T20I Series:
Friday, 1 September 2023 
– 1st T20I – Pakistan vs South Africa (National Stadium, Karachi)
Sunday, 3 September 2023 – 2nd T20I – Pakistan vs South Africa (National Stadium, Karachi)
Monday, 4 September 2023 – 3rd T20I – Pakistan vs South Africa (National Stadium, Karachi)

ODI Series:
Friday, 08 September 2023 
– 1st ODI – Pakistan vs South Africa (National Stadium, Karachi)
Monday, 11 September 2023 – 2nd ODI – Pakistan vs South Africa (National Stadium, Karachi)
Thursday, 14 September 2023 – 3rd ODI – Pakistan vs South Africa (National Stadium, Karachi)


Photo 1 Caption: Interim Proteas Women captain Laura Wolvaardt is looking forward to leading the team for the first time when the South Africans take on Pakistan in a three-match T20I in Karachi, starting today, 1 September 2023. Photo: Laura Wolvaardt (Instagram)

  1. NB: The 3rd T20I between Pakistan and Proteas Women has been moved forward by a day and will now be played on Monday, 4 September at 16h30 SAST due to a religious celebration linked to a moon sighting taking place on Tuesday, 5 September. ↩︎
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