Proteas Women captain Dane van Niekerk and allrounder Marizanne Kapp will sign off from the Women’s Big Bash on Tuesday to start a ODI tour of Bangladesh.
They will be swapping an environment as far removed from the quick-wicket hurley-burley of the Women’s Big Bash as they can get, having to adjust their sights to the slow turners of the sub-contintent.
Van Niekerk and Kapp will be missed, having taken 13 wicket between them so far this season.
The two will play in the top-of-the-table double header against Perth Scorchers on Sunday and Monday, but miss next weekend’s derby clash at the SCG against the Sydney Thunder.
Following the cancellation of the Bangladesh tour last year, the Proteas Women have been assured that all safety precautions have been taken.
‘CSA has been really working hard with the security officers and stuff back home to make sure that it is safe for the tour to go,’ Van Niekerk said. ‘They’ve put in amazing security measures for us.’
The two are looking forward to the new challenge: ‘We’re quite excited to go, it’s always nice to go to play in different conditions and Bangladesh is becoming a really good team.’
And they feel they have grown with the second year of experience with in Australia.
‘We always say that Australia sets the standard for women’s cricket and women’s sport in general,’ said the Proteas captain. ‘It’s just been amazing how the WBBL and the BBL really makes a big deal of this and the people really buy into it and that’s a really good thing to see.’