South African captain & all-rounder Dan Van Niekerk ruled out of ICC Women’s World Cup

With the Women’s 2022 Cricket World Cup forthcoming, losing captain Dane Van Niekerk will be a huge loss for South Africa.

South Africa’s women’s team captain Dane Van Niekerk has been ruled out of the 2022 ICC Cricket World Cup following an ankle fracture. Niekerk accidentally slipped on a wet surface at home last week, causing her an ankle fracture.

The allrounder has been removed from the training camp ahead of the ODI series against West Indies. The series against West Indies could have been a good build-up for Niekerk going on to the World Cup.

The team doctor Tshegofatso Gaetewe said: “As things stand, she doesn’t require surgery but will be monitored closely. It’s a stable fracture with minimal displacement and her recovery timeline is no less than 12 weeks,” reported ESPN Cricinfo.

Losing Viekerk is a severe loss for the team. Viekerk’s Captaincy and all-around capability could have been a massive asset for the team in the Women’s 2022 Cricket World Cup. Convenor of Selectors, Clinton du Preez, said: “Losing Dane is massive for the team and the count; we will sorely miss her leadership and all-around cricket abilities. I would like to wish her all the best with her recovery and a smooth and seamless return to the national team.”

The 10-day training camp for the West Indies series will begin soon, and the 21- member extended squad will enter the bio bubble on Friday. Uncapped Delmar Tucker has been included in the team for the training camp, providing her with a tremendous opportunity ahead of the World Cup.

The Training squad includes the following members: Anneke Bosch, Tazmin Brits, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinaloa Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Delmar  Tucker, Laura Wolvaardt.

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