Anneke Bosch, Delmi Tucker, Nadine de Klerk get central contracts for 2023-24
The three have replaced the retired Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk and Trisha Chetty in the list
Anneke Bosch, Delmi Tucker and Nadine de Klerk have replaced the retired trio of Lizelle Lee, Dane van Niekerk and Trisha Chetty in South Africa's central-contracts list for the 2023-24 season.
All of Bosch, Tucker and de Klerk were in the squad for the recent T20 World Cup and have been around South African squads in the recent past. The only player not on the contract list from the T20 World Cup squad is Annerie Dercksen, with Tumi Sekhukhune, who missed the tournament, keeping her spot.
Following the retirements of van Niekerk and Chetty last week, there are no surprises in the 15-player list. As ESPNcricinfo reported on Thursday, van Niekerk's wife Marizanne Kapp has committed to the national team and signed a new deal. So, too, has 34-year-old Shabnim Ismail, who is the oldest player in the group, but remains committed to playing international cricket.
"With the current group of players going from strength to strength, we are pleased to retain the core of the squad for what is set to be another exciting chapter in the Proteas Women story," Enoch Nkwe, South Africa's director of cricket, said.
South Africa's next assignment is six months away, when they travel to Pakistan and India for back-to-back tours which form part of the Women's Championship, and would determine qualification for the 2025 50-over World Cup. The tours are also expected to help with preparation for the 2024 T20 World Cup, which will be held in Bangladesh.
Next summer, South Africa will host Bangladesh and Sri Lanka before traveling to Australia for an all-format tour - including a Test match, their second in two years after playing England last June.
South Africa's contracted players: Anneke Bosch, Tazmin Brits, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Sune Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Chloé Tryon, Delmi Tucker, Laura Wolvaardt
Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent for South Africa and women's cricket