Trisha Chetty, three uncapped players in South Africa women’s squad for West Indies tour
Trisha Chetty, the veteran of 105 ODIs and 68 T20Is, returns as reserve wicketkeeper. @Getty

A 16-member squad has been named by Cricket South Africa (CSA) for the South Africa Women’s tour of the West Indies in September-October, and it includes three uncapped players and the recalled Trisha Chetty.

Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith and Robin Searle have been called up for the tour that comprises three ODIs and five Twenty20 internationals, all to be played in Barbados and Trinidad. Chetty, the veteran of 105 ODIs and 68 T20Is, returns as reserve wicketkeeper after missing the England tour where Lizelle Lee kept wickets.

Ayabonga Khaka, who helped fashion South Africa’s ODI whitewash of Bangladesh in May, has been ruled out of the tour after undergoing shoulder surgery and faces four to six weeks on the sidelines.

After naming the squad on Wednesday, CSA’s convenor of selectors Clinton du Preez said that the board had delved into the issues that the women’s team faced during the tour of England in June, where Dane van Niekerk’s team lost three of four matches during the tri-series  also featuring New Zealand.

“We discovered that there were a few areas where the team were falling short and we realized we had to look at different options and different types of skill-sets to try and set ourselves up well for the West Indies tour with the World Cup not far behind after that,” said du Preez.

“It was quite a nice challenge that we faced when it came to making that final decision. We conducted the North vs South tournament which gave us an extra indication as to which players we could look at in our search for those extra skill-sets. It was a great exercise, we picked up a few players that have showed a lot of intent and potential, this is a really good opportunity for them to showcase their talent in the West Indies tour.”

With an eye on the World Twenty20 and World Cup, added du Perez, CSA was keen on settling in on a locked squad as soon as possible. “We have always got very high hopes with every tour that comes along, especially with this West Indies tour coming along so close to the World T20. We have not settled on our final World Cup squad yet, we’re still looking at one or two other combinations,” said du Preez.

South Africa women’s squad: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Mignon du Preez, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Masabata Klaas, Zintle Mali, Trisha Chetty, Robyn Searle, Tumi Sekhukhune, Saarah Smith.