Nadine de Klerk celebrates a wicket. ©ICC

Cricket South Africa has announced two changes in the Proteas’ squad for the ICC Women’s World T20, which will start from November 9 in the West Indies.

Yolani Fourie, a right-hand off-spinner from Gauteng, has been named in the place of Raisibe Ntozakhe; who has been withdrawn from the squad for the bowling action as she was working on it. Moseline Daniels has come in place of Saarah Smith, who has suffered a proximal phalanx basal fracture on her pinkie finger during the practice session on Saturday, 27 October. It will take four to six weeks to resolve her injury.

Hilton Moreeng, the national coach said, “It’s very unfortunate. We feel her pain as one of our squad members who worked extremely hard through the winter to find herself in her very first World Cup. To end it so prematurely for her it’s very disappointing and we wish her a speedy recovery and we know that she will make a good come back. She’s got a strong head on her shoulders.”

“Going forward now, after a discussion with the rest of the selectors the players coming in for her and Raisibe (Ntozakhe) are Moseline Daniels and Yolani Fourie. They are both suitable replacements, players who have both been to World Cups before so we will have that experience to fall back on and we know that they will be able to add value to the team from game one.”

South Africa will be placed in Group A with defending champions West Indies, England, Sri Lanka and World Cup Qualifier winners Bangladesh. Group B includes Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland. South Africa will start their campaign against Sri Lanka on November 12 at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.