Steyn, Bosch, de Klerk, Ntozakhe awarded South Africa high-performance contract

Nadine de Klerk in action for South Africa © Getty Images

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced high-performance centralised contracts for the 2022-23 season with ten players being named in the list on Thursday (May 26). Allrounders Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, batter Andrie Steyn, and Raisibe Ntozakhe along with two more South Africa capped players. The contract will be for two years and the aim is to close the gap between domestic and international cricket.

The contracts are in place as part of the development structure and the players will be monitored closely as they will represent the Emerging side. The named players will also feature in training camps with South Africa players.

“The CSA high-performance contracts are offered to talented players who are part of the provincial system and are identified based on their performances and the skill set required at the national level. It’s a two-year contract whereby players can focus on improving their overall skills and closing the performance gaps between provincial cricket and their national peers,” Johan Weyers, CSA senior cricket manager, said.

Steyn, Ntozakhe, and de Klerk were part of the South Africa World Cup 2022 side as travelling reserves, while Bosch missed out on the campaign due to an injury. All of them are named in the side that will travel to Ireland for a six-match series. Other two capped players are off spinner Nondumiso Shangase and wicket-keeper batter Faye Tunnicliffe.

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Pholetsi Moseki, CSA chief executive, congratulated the players and added that this program will help them to further their development as they pursue international caps with South Africa.

“This is fantastic news for this group of immensely talented players and on behalf of CSA, we would like to congratulate and wish them well for the next chapter of their journey,” Moseki said.

“The grit and determination they have shown to get to this point in their burgeoning careers deserves the reward of stability that allows them to narrow in on enhancing their talents, while taking the required steps to earn a senior cap and represent the Proteas badge.”

Micaela Andrews, who recently won the Player of the Season award with South Western Districts, Nobulumko Baneti, Tebogo Macheke, and Jane Winster are the other four players.

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All the ten players were part of the two weeks national camp that ended on May 20.

“We look forward to seeing their continuous progress through the ranks and hope to see them on the field inspiring the current and future generations of women’s cricket as South Africa prepares to host the inaugural Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup and ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup early next year,” Moseki concluded.

South Africa high-performance contract list: Micaela Andrews, Nobulumko Baneti, Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Tebogo Macheke, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Nondumiso Shangase, Andrie Steyn, Faye Tunnicliffe, Jane Winster