South Africa celebrating a wicket. ©CSA

In an attempt to strengthen their bench and build a team for the future, Cricket South Africa  announced a home tour for the South Africa women’s emerging team against Bangladesh emerging on Tuesday (July 9). The tour will include a three-match one-Day and three-match T20 series from 23 July to 4 August 2019 in and around the Pretoria area.

This announcement comes close on the heels of the team’s completion of this season’s Women’s National Academy. The players will now have an opportunity to test themselves against a team that is on an upward trajectory.

The series is expected to serve as a good learning curve for players of both countries and will give an insight into the future prospects.

“There’s a lot of cricket coming up for the Proteas women’s team over the next two years, with the ICC T20 World Cup next year and the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2021, so it is important to ensure the development pipeline continues to produce and that is where the Emerging side will prove to be pivotal,” said Vincent Barnes, CSA High Performance Manager.

“We have seen the likes of Nondumiso Shangase, Faye Tunnecliffe and Sinalo Jafta make their breakthroughs from the programme, going on to earn their national colours, so that is promising for the future.

Salieg Nackerdien, who currently holds the role of assistant coach of South Africa, has been named head coach of the side, while Dinesha Devnarain, former all-rounder and current KwaZulu-Natal women’s coach coming in as his assistant. A team announcement will follow in due course. 

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