Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 that for the first time in South African sports history, members of the women’s cricket team had been contracted by the national cricketing body. This momentous leap for women’s sport comes only months after corporate giants Momentum took the men’s and women’s national cricket teams under their wing as the main sponsor. It’s become clear that this brand isn’t in this partnership just for the naming rights and are actually contributing towards making fundamental changes in the sport that are going to leave a legacy of empowerment and positive change.
Only six women on the team were given contracts, including two previous winners of the coveted CSA Women’s Cricketer of the Year award, Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp. Women’s Proteas captain Mignon Du Preez said, “Everyone on the team is very excited about how women’s cricket is finally moving forward. The ones who haven’t yet received contracts are very happy for us because as a team we celebrate each other’s successes”. The other contracted team members are Shabnim Ismail, Trish Chetty, Dane Van Niekerk and Marcia Letsoalo.
“I think this is the start of very exciting times for women’s cricket where we are aiming to become professional soon. These contracts will allow the specific players to focus their energies mainly on cricket and prepare themselves to perform at their best. This will also enable the team to become a force to be reckoned with in international cricket”, added Mignon.
The Proteas women will take on Sri Lanka in an ODI series from 24 October 2013 and a T20 series from 31 October 2013. The only change to the team that walloped Bangladesh in a recent ODI and T20 whitewash will be the addition of Nadine Moodley. After the beating the ladies gave to the Bangladeshi women, the nation’s expectations will be sky high for the upcoming showdown.
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