South African cricket board took yet another massive step by launching a league to the women cricket. The tournament set to give opportunities for the young cricketers in the country. On Friday, Cricket South Africa announced the news to media.
The inaugural edition of Women T20 League starts Friday at Irene Country Club and will have six matches played over the weekend between four teams in a round-robin format. A second leg of the league will follow in Cape Town in December.
The main focus of the tournament is to promote domestic talent with a pool of 52 players, and with the aim to contribute to the preparation for next year’s T20 World Cup. The tournament will see four teams compete across six games in three days at the Irene Country Club in Pretoria.
“We need to address the lack of game time and provide more competitive cricket for the Women’s structure in order to produce quality cricketers and to improve the pool of players for National selection,” said Cricket South Africa (CSA) Head of Pathways Edward Khoza.
“The Super League is a concept that will be utilized to close the performance gaps of identified players and coaches within the CSA pipeline, introducing a minimum 3 x Super League weekends (strength vs strength) per season whereby players are drafted into 4 teams with the specific focus of preparing players for international competition. This is a great way to shine a light on the growth of women’s cricket which will provide more opportunities for female cricketers around the country who will ultimately be considered for national selection,” he added.
Devnarain XI: Dane Van Niekerk, Andrie Steyn, Zintle Kula, Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta, Faye Tunnicliffe, Eliz-Mari Marx, Shabnim Ismail, Tumi Sekhukune, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tshegofatso Rampai, Jane Winster, Anri Grobbelaar
Coach: Denisha Devnarain Assistant coach: Dillon du Preez
M van der Merwe XI: Lizelle Lee, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus, Izeabella Hester Cilliers, Marizanne Kapp, Delmi Tucker, Michaela Andrews, Christine Tomlinson, Zintle Mali, Evodia Yekile, Nadia Mbokotwana, Nicole De Klerk, Tebogo Macheke
Coach: Martelize van der Merwe Assistant coach: Jimmy Kgamadi
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F van der Merwe XI: Tazmin Brits, Robyn Searle, Nadine de Klerk, Gandhi Jafta, Trisha Chetty, Alyssa Elxlebben, Ayabonga Khaka, Moseline Daniels, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Khayakazi Mathe, Yolani Fourie, Carmen Nagel
Coach: Francois van der Merwe Assistant coach: Mark Charlton
Terblanche XI: Laura Wolvaardt, Annemarie Dercksen, Saarah Smith, Anneke Bosch, Chloe Tryon, Nondumiso Shangase, Verunissa Reddy, Masabata Klaas, Tatum Le Roux, Jade de Fiquerido, N Baneti, Nicolene Janse Van Rensburg, Palesa Mapoo
Coach: Claire Terblanche Assistant coach: Ephraim Nyawo