After leading South Africa to the semifinal of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, captain Dane van Niekerk has pulled out of the upcoming second season of England’s Women’s Cricket Super League due to ‘grade 2 myotendinous tear’.
The leg-spinning allrounder just about made it to the World Cup squad, after suffering a foot injury in the lead-up, forcing her out of the quadrangular series at home in May. However, van Niekerk finished as the leading wicket-taker at the showpiece event with 15 scalps in six league games. The South African captain went wicketless in their narrow two-wicket loss to eventual winners England in the semifinal but her tally couldn’t be surpassed. She registered as many as three four-fers, including a world record spell of 4 for no runs in 3.2 overs, against West Indies. The 24-year-old also chipped in 99 runs with the bat.
Meanwhile, Yorkshire Diamonds’ Beth Mooney has also withdrawn from the league citing injury concerns. The Australian opener scored 232 runs in the World Cup, at an average of 29. The exact nature of the injury is yet to be known and her exit leaves one spot vacant in the Diamonds’squad as well.
Both replacements are to be named in due course, ECB stated.