• Jafta awarded national contract

    Sinalo Jafta’s selection for the final T20 International for the Proteas Women against India on the current tour has her qualifying on the threshold for nationally contracted players for the 2019-20 season.

    She has become the 15th Proteas Women player on a national contract.

    ‘Congratulations to Sinalo on her upgrade to a national contract following her consistent selection and performance for the Proteas this year to achieve the necessary threshold,’ commented Cricket South Africa acting director of cricket Corrie van Zyl.

    ‘The contract will apply retrospectively back to May 1, 2019 and will run until April 30, 2020.

    ‘We have introduced this change to assist in the retention of talent and the objective of creating parity within women’s cricket. This is an important step forward as we strive for gender equality as far as cricket is concerned.

    ‘I am sure this will encourage all our provincial players in the knowledge that national contracts are within reach via performance.’

    Meanwhile, seamer Shabnim Ismail has been contracted by the Sydney Thunder in Australia’s Women’s Big Bash League later this year.

    Contracted Proteas Women players: Trisha Chetty, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Zintle Mali, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Tumi Sekhukhune, Chloe Tryon, Dane van Niekerk, Laura Wolvaardt.

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