Witness Reporter
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28 Jul 2022
06:07

Proteas Women find inspiration from Banyana’s Wafcon win

Witness Reporter

Proteas are gearing up for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in South Africa in February 2023.

Proteas Women’s skipper Dane van Niekerk is looking to draw inspiration from Banayana Banyana’s Wafcon win. PHOTO GALLO IMAGES

Cricket South Africa official Muditambi Ravele hopes Banyana Banyana’s triumph at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) will help to boost support for women’s cricket in South Africa.

“Congratulations to Banyana Banyana on their sensational achievement,” Ravele said in statement, marking 200 days to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa in February 2023.

Their victory has shown the power of women’s sport, and how it can bring the country together. We hope their performance will give women’s sport in our country the platform it deserves, and all South Africans will continue to support our efforts during this exciting time.

CSA said preparations for the T20 World Cup “are in full swing” and major announcements and partnerships will be be released in due course.

The association will also host the first ever ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup next year.

Proteas Women’s captain, Dane van Niekerk, said it will be a dream come true to contest a World Cup in her home country.

“It’s an exciting time for women’s cricket in South Africa and around the world,” Van Niekerk said.

Playing for South Africa is a massive honour and playing a World Cup in front of our fans and families, that is what dreams are made of.

“When we started playing cricket, most of us never thought we would play in a World Cup at home, to be able to do that is a privilege. I hope the crowds will come in their numbers and people from around the world will come and experience our beautiful country. The senior and U19 events are going to be a much-needed boost for women’s cricket in South Africa.

“There is a lot of talent and interest in the women’s game, we need opportunities and platforms to express our talent so this will go a long way in growing the game,” said Van Niekerk.