The Sune Luus-led South African team is handing the initiative over to the CSA to continue the momentum they started since they think they have helped to growing interest in cricket in their country.
Making their first senior World Cup final has demonstrated that South Africa Women are the most successful white-ball team in the country, but they believe that in order to compete with top teams, they would need more funding and resources.
We’ve done our best to provide the women of the country the finest opportunity there is, said Luus. Of course we wanted to win, but I don’t think we could have given it a greater chance. The CSA, the Minister of Sport, and anyone else is in charge of cricket in this country have a duty to pound on doors, throw open those doors, and provide women’s cricket the best chance to compete with Australia, England, and India.
Even though the inaugural T20 women’s league in India doesn’t begin until the next week, Luus was specifically discussing those three nations and their contribution to the growth of the sport.
She referred to the WPL as “great for women’s cricket” and requested that the CSA consider starting a women’s SA20 league in addition to its present SA20 league.
They have such depth because they have leagues where international players can compete and you can get used to playing with and against them. Definitely worth looking into further.
For a very long time, we have been asking for a SA League. We have done our best to provide for our children despite the fact that there are financial constraints, resources are always accessible, and there are other considerations. And it’s up to CSA and everyone involved to give it our all in order to succeed.
Since the CSA’s previous two attempts at a T20 league failed, the SA20 was established this summer and was an immediate success. The league will be lucrative in its first season since IPL clubs control all six teams and have a television agreement with India. Before, there was talk of a women’s spin-off event starting in the second year, but in recent weeks, it has become evident that
The lack of female cricket players in the provincial system, which would be necessary to create a top-notch franchise league, is reportedly another issue that the organisers are worried about. According to Luus, CSA shouldn’t be in that particular chicken-and-egg scenario. How they would prepare players who would be able to compete in a league without first forming one was a concern that was kept to themselves.
The T20 World Cup’s success is still being carefully evaluated, so the answers won’t be available right soon. What is known is that South Africa, which has fewer resources than Australia but is catching up and may have even punched above their weight, while Australia, who is now six times champion, still has a significant advantage over the opposition.
“If you look at our infrastructure and our setup, there are still major disparities [with Australia],” said Laura Wolvaardt, who scored 61 off 48 in the final. The depth of their cricket is astounding. They may simply replace that player with another if they lose one. We don’t always enjoy that luxury, it’s true. They have made much greater advancements than we have. That cannot be disputed. Given what we have, I think we’ve put on a respectable performance to make it all the way to the championship game.
The experienced seam attack of South Africa is led by Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, and Ayabonga Khaka and has a solid core of bowlers. They all agreed that making it to the finals had been a lifelong goal. They have 40 years of collective playing experience. Thanks to Luus’s primarily youthful team, the seniors were able to obtain what they had been striving for from the beginning. With the intention of leading South Africa to its first World Cup, Luus is going above and above.