South Africa's wicetkeeper-batswoman Trisha Chetty. @ Getty Images
South Africa’s wicetkeeper-batswoman Trisha Chetty. @ Getty Images

Veteran fast bowler Shabnim Ismail and wicketkeeper-batswoman Trisha Chetty were included in South Africa’s squad for the ICC Women’s World T20 that will be held in West Indies from November 9. The duo skipped the Proteas’ last series when they toured the Caribbean in September-October.

Ismail, who has played 69 Twenty20 Internationals, had opted to be with her ill father, while Chetty, who played 68 T20Is, missed out on the tournament due to a back injury.

Faye Tunnicliffe, who replaced Chetty on the West Indies tour, will not board the flight for the ICC event, three new face – Tumi Sekhukhune, Robyn Searle and Saarah Smith – have retained their spots in the 15-member squad.

“Good luck to our Proteas Ladies as they head for the West Indies with high expectations for the ICC Women’s World T20. They reached the semi-final of this tournament in Bangladesh in 2014 and came agonisingly close to a first appearance in a final in last year’s ICC Women’s World Cup in England. The time has now arrived for them to take that next step forward and get into the championship match,” CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe said in a media release.

South Africa are in Group A alongside hosts West Indies, England, Sri Lanka and qualifiers winners Bangladesh. They face Sri Lanka, led by Chamari Atapattu, in their opener on November 12 at St. Lucia.

Squad: Dane van Niekerk (C), Chloe Tryon (VC), Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Shabnim Ismail, Masabata Klaas, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Laura Wolvaardt, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Zintle Mali, Robyn Searle, Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith, Trisha Chetty (WK)