Due to an ankle fracture, South African captain Dane van Niekerk has been ruled out of the Women’s World Cup 2022. She got the fracture when she slipped at her home in Gqeberha. She will miss training for the ODI series against the West Indies, including the WC. The team doctor has given updates regarding the same. “The injury was caused by an unintentional slip on a damp surface at home. At this time, she does not require surgery, but she will be continuously observed. It’s a stable fracture with minor displacement, and she’ll need at least 12 weeks to recuperate, according to doctor Tshegofatso Gaetsewe.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has not announced a replacement yet, but it is likely that Sune Luus will take Dane’s place just like she did in the past. The board has announced a squad for the training camp.

The convenor of selectors, Clinton du Preez, has expressed her sorrow over Dane’s absence.”This is a fantastic chance for the coaches to engage with this talented bunch of players and strategize for the forthcoming series and, subsequently, the World Cup. Dane’s departure will be devastating to the squad and the country; her leadership and all-around cricket ability will be dearly missed. I wish her the best of luck with her rehabilitation and a quick and painless come back to the national team”.

Source – www.espncricinfo.com