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Proteas Women Includes 16-year-old Wicketkeeper-batter Karabo Meso

By Cor Rautenbach , in Cricket | News , at 2024-03-16 Tags: ,

Young wicketkeeper-batter Karabo Meso was called up to the South African Senior Women’s cricket team for the upcoming three-match home T20i series against Sri Lanka starting on 27 March.

Meso was one of the stars in the inaugural U19 Women’s T20 World Cup, held in South Africa in 2023. She performed well with the gloves and notched up eight dismissals in 5 matches – the most in the tournament. This earned her a place in the Team of the Tournament.

The Grade 11 pupil, who hails from Rockville, Soweto but attends school at Steyn City School in Johannesburg, is already an experienced member of the Lions Women’s senior team.

The 16-year-old will join several teammates who made their senior debuts in some form of international cricket as teenagers. They are captain Laura Wolfaardt (17), all-rounders Marizanne Kapp (19), Chloé Tryon (16), Nadine de Klerk (17), and Suné Luus (16), and bowlers Masabata Klaas (19), Nonkululeko Mlaba (19) and Tumi Sekhukhune (19).

Proteas Women’s Head Coach Hilton Moreeng is looking forward to seeing how Meso performs on the international stage as the team looks to build the next crop of core players in their structure.

“We still have the core of the squad to make sure we can continue with what we’ve been working on regarding the T20Is. The build-up has been coming along nicely and now it’s just for us to deservingly give opportunities for those one or two spots we want to have a look at,” Moreeng said.

He also added: “There are a few youngsters coming in and one debutant in Karabo Meso who has been part of the High-Performance group and in the U19 World Cup.

“It’s a youngster who’s got a lot of potential and one we’re looking to see how she goes when given the opportunity.”

The T20I series will be held between 27 March – 03 April in Benoni, Potchefstroom and East London.