Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday announced the expanded list of nationally contracted members of the Proteas women’s team. This follows the resolution taken at the CSA Board meeting in June to increase the number of contracts from six to 14. The new contracts have been awarded to the following players: Suné Luus (Northerns), Lizelle Lee (North West), Moseline Daniels (Western Province), Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Ayabonga Khaka (Border), Nadine Moodley (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Bernadine Bezuidenhout (Western Province) and Andrie Steyn (Northerns).
The six players to have had their contracts renewed are: Mignon du Preez (capt, Northerns), Marcia Letsoalo (Northerns), Dané Van Niekerk (Eastern Province), Shabnim Ismail (Western Province), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province) and Trisha Chetty (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal). CSA General Manager of Cricket, Corrie Van Zyl expressed his satisfaction that this latest move will be the catalyst that grows the women’s game even further in South Africa, “As part of our vision of making cricket a truly national sport of winners and making the game accessible to all, I believe that this latest awarding of eight contracts will be a fundamental step in assisting the Momentum Proteas Women’s team to realise their goal of being one of the top four countries in world cricket. This now means that the squad that will be going on tour to England will be the first fully contracted women’s cricket squad in South African history and that is something that we are all proud of. The awarding of these contracts is also a reward for all the players who have been part of the game for many years with little or no recompense, and I believe it will draw out more interest in younger girls and make them see the potential of a career in cricket.”
The contract announcement comes in conjunction with the announcement of the women’s team that will be headed to England for two three-match Twenty20 (T20) international series against England and Ireland from 1-7 September 2014. “It’s always great having good news before a tour as important as this. The players have worked hard and have sacrificed a lot to be a part of this team and the hard work and loyalty they have shown the game is finally paying off. This next step is vital for the progression of the women’s game and it shows CSA’s commitment to making our team one of the best in the world. The morale of the team is high over the news of the contracts. Having a fully contracted team is definitely one of the key elements in our getting there,” head coach, Hilton Moreeng said.