CricketMarizanne Kapp Is Committed To The Team, Says Proteas’ Women’s Team Coach Hilton Moreeng
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Marizanne Kapp Will Miss The Third T20I Against India

Hilton Moreeng, the women’s coach for the Proteas, is convinced that he has “the strongest 15 available for selection” and that it is the best lineup at hand to win the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

The decision to leave Dane van Niekerk out of the 15-player T20 World Cup roster has caused confusion for the host team. The selectors have faced criticism and it has affected team’s morale. South Africa is scheduled to play Sri Lanka in the tournament opener at Newlands on Friday.

Due to her inability to achieve the national squad’s fitness standards, which include finishing a 2-kilometer time trial in less than 9 minutes and 30 seconds, the former captain was looked over.

The fallout has been severe, leaving Van Niekerk absolutely heartbroken and her wife and teammate Marizanne Kapp will miss the Tri-Series T20I final against India in East London on Thursday after requesting “compassionate leave.”

The Proteas’ final official encounter before the competition begins is against the 2021 T20 World Cup runners-up.

Prior to the first game, which is important in in of itself because South Africa is hosting the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for the first time, Moreeng’s main duty will be to boost the team’s spirit and persuade the team to concentrate on the first game.

It comes with its own pressures, as seen by the Proteas Men’s team’s failure to advance to the knockout rounds in each major ICC event held in South Africa, including the 2003 World Cup, 2007 T20 World Cup, and 2009 Champions Trophy.

On home turf, the Proteas Women also fell short of making it through the group stage in the 2005 Women’s World Cup. But Moreeng is certain that his pupils can sharpen their attention.

While talking about Marizanne Kapp, the coach said:

“She is part of the World Cup squad and is committed to us. I think she needed the break now and she’s been granted compassionate leave post the last game.”

“We’re very happy with the form she is in and what she brings. We granted her leave so she can come to the World Cup and be ready to play.”

“The players are very professional, they know that these things happen. It’s something that you can’t control yourself and we don’t wish it on any player. For us, it’s to make sure that we finish the tri-series on a high and take that form into the World Cup.

“They know they need to get on with it and to make sure that they can put the performances on the field. Overall, the squad understands what needs to happen and we have to move forward.”