Proteas Women Squad Announced for Pakistan Tour

Cricket South Africa has unveiled a 15-member Proteas Women squad on Friday, 18 August 2023, primed for an unprecedented journey to Pakistan. 

This historic tour is set to feature a three-match T20 International (T20I) series alongside a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series, all set to unfold at the National Stadium in Karachi from 01 – 14 September. 

The touring contingent proudly welcomes back 12 of the illustrious 15 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 heroines. Alongside them stands the inclusion of seamer Tumi Sekhukhune, who narrowly missed out on World Cup selection after being named as part of the non-travelling reserves for the tournament. 

All-rounder Chloé Tryon, who requested a leave of absence, and the promising Annerie Dercksen, who is on the path to recovery from a fractured finger on her right hand, will not participate in the Pakistan tour. 

Following the conclusion of his contract on 30 June, Proteas Women head coach Hilton Moreeng along with his support staff have received a contract extension through to 31 December. 

Moreeng and the current management team will oversee the tour to Pakistan, the inbound tour against New Zealand as well as the pending home Bangladesh tour in December, which forms part of the Women’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) 2022-25. 

Looking ahead, the spotlight shines brightly on debutante Mieke de Ridder, a wicket-keeper batter from Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers. The 27-year-old’s exceptional domestic performance during the 2022/23 CSA Women’s Provincial campaign has earned her a momentous call-up after helping to steer the newly-promoted Garden Route Badgers to a commendable mid-table position. 

De Ridder’s prowess was evident in the preceding season, placing her among the top-performing wicket-keepers. Notably, she secured nine catches in the One-Day encounters and an additional three in the T20 fixtures. 

In a return to the international arena, all-rounder Nondumiso Shangase who captained and excelled for the Hollywoodbets Dolphins in the previous season has secured her spot in the squad. 

Her recall is a testament to her unwavering commitment, offering her the prospect to further enrich her international record of 14 caps (7 ODI, 7 T20). Shangase’s most recent appearance for the Proteas dates back to the West Indies tour in September 2021. 

Shangase’s talents manifested in the shorter format, as she amassed an impressive tally of 13 wickets at an average of 7.69. Her performance designated her as the premier wicket-taker in the T20 competition. 

Proteas Women Squad – South Africa Tour to Pakistan 2023/24: 

Anneke Bosch (Fidelity Titans), Tazmin Brits (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Nadine de Klerk (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Mieke de Ridder* (Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers), Lara Goodall (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Sinalo Jafta (DP World Lions), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Ayabonga Khaka (DP World Lions), Masabata Klaas (Fidelity Titans), Suné Luus (Fidelity Titans), Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tumi Sekhukhune (DP World Lions), Nondumiso Shangase (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Delmi Tucker (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Laura Wolvaardt (Fidelity Titans) 

With editing by gsport

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