On Monday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced the list of players who were awarded the central contracts for the 2022-23 season. 15 players bagged the central contracts for the upcoming season from CSA. Compared to the last season, there were a couple of changes to the list for the upcoming year. Mignon du Preez and Nadine de Klerk made way for Tazmin Brits and Nonkululeko Mlaba. The rest of the 13 players were the same as last season.
CSA’s central contract list: Tazmin Brits, Trisha Chetty, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Suné Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Chloé Tryon, Dané van Niekerk, Laura Wolvaardt
Mignon du Preez, who announced her retirement from the ODI format after the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, in which the team reached the semi-finals, missed out from featuring in the list of contracted players while Nadine de Klerk, who was not a part of the South Africa squad for the World Cup, too did not make the cut. On the other hand, Tazmin Brits and Nonkululeko Mlaba, who have been regulars in the Proteas squad since 2021, deservingly made it to the list of contracted players.
CSA Chief Executive Officer Pholetsi Moseki said, “After a remarkable year for the Momentum Proteas that saw the team climb to and maintain second spot in the ODI world rankings, it is with immense pleasure to announce next season’s squad of contracted players as they embark on their next challenge in world cricket. Just like the previous 12 months, the next year brings forth a hugely-anticipated calendar of international cricket for the Proteas Women and we strongly believe in the set-up in place at the top of our women’s game to continue breaking boundaries and make their mark in the game.”
South Africa have a busy year ahead of them with a tour to Ireland from June 3 to June 17, followed by a tour to England from June 27 to July 25. Later the players will also feature in the Commonwealth Games and the Hundred in England. 2023 will be another big year for South Africa as they will host the U19 T20 World Cup as well as the ICC Women’s World T20.
The quotes are sourced from ICC website
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