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SA women’s U19 and academy coach Dinesha Devnarain (CSA/Supplied)

  • The SA emerging side is in Bangladesh for a one-day series with coach Dinesha Devnarain hoping they can continue the Proteas women’s success.
  • Only four players who were part of the Proteas successful tour to India last month are in Sylhet for the five games.
  • Devnarain emphasised the importance of this tour and stated that there is “belief” in her side.

The South African emerging women side is in Bangladesh for a five-match one-day series scheduled to start on Sunday in Sylhet.

This tour comes off the back of the Proteas women’s triumph in India, where Hilton Moreeng’s charges won the ODI series 4-1 and T20 series 2-1.

The SA emerging squad in Bangladesh includes four Proteas stars who featured in their historic trip to India, namely Sinalo Jafta, Anneke Bosch, Nondumiso Shangase and Faye Tunnicliffe.

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The 15-player squad is managed by SA women’s U19 and high-performance coach Dinesha Devnarain.

Devnarain, who played 29 ODIs and 22 T20s for the Proteas, believes that this Bangladesh tour for the emerging side is important for the women’s game’s continued growth. 

“They (the team) are ecstatic about what happened in India. If anything these girls can’t wait to get on the park and play that brand of cricket,” Devnarain told reporters on Monday.

“The Proteas have done well and that’s going to make my job a little bit harder. We’re putting in the performances and we’re going into a good foot in the World Cup and below that we’re not speaking of much. This series for me is very important for many reasons like the future of women’s cricket.

“I’m not thinking about now, what happens if our senior players leave with 150 caps and now we’ve got to try and fulfil in those positions. That’s a huge task and that’s why, if we can have these tours, our girls will have some experience going up in the national set-up.”

Devnarain added that a sense of belief has crept into the side ahead of their daunting tour of Bangladesh.

“That India series made my job easier in a sense that there is belief. At the end of the day, the Proteas left them proud and now they want to be a position to make others proud, which I think is fantastic.” 

The SA emerging side has been in Bangladesh since Sunday and will quarantine for three days.

Devnarain stated that her goal is solely to convert more players into successful national cricketers.

“My main focus, especially when it comes to the emerging or national academies, is solely based on what can I do to never see them again. If I can coach them to be a Momentum Proteas, I don’t want to see them again and then that’s my job done,” said Devnarain.

“We want to win a World Cup and I’ve got a major pipeline to fulfil in provincial cricket. My goal is to select a team to make the next Protea out of my program.”

SA emerging squad: Andrie Steyn, Anneke Bosch, Annerie Dercksen, Leah Jones, Faye Tunnicliffe, Jade De Figuerido, Jenay Winster, Khayakazi Mathe, Kirstie Thomson, Nondumiso Precious Shangase, Micheala Andrews, Nonkululeko Baneti, Robyn Searle, Sinalo Jafta, Tebogo Macheke

Fixtures:

Sunday, 4 April – 1st ODI 

Tuesday, 6 April – 2nd ODI

Thursday, 8 April – 3rd ODI 

Sunday, 11 April – 4th ODI 

Tuesday, 13 April – 5th ODI



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