Earlier in the year, Luus captained South Africa when van Niekerk missed the home T20I and ODI series against Pakistan through injury. South Africa won the T20I series 3-2 after the two teams drew the preceding ODI series. Van Niekerk recovered from injury to play in the recent Women’s Cricket Super League competition in England but injury has unfortunately ruled her out of another series for her country.
Elsewhere, there was a maiden call-up for left-arm spinner Nonkululeko Mlaba, while there were returns for Ayabonga Khaka and Trisha Chetty who both come back into the national set-up after lengthy spells on the sidelines through injury. Fast bowler Marizanne Kapp will miss the five-match T20I series but is available for the ODI leg of the tour.
Cricket South Africa selection convenor Clinton du Preez said that he was excited by the squad following its announcement. He said: “We are excited with the crop of players selected for the bilateral tour of India. With a few players not available for the tour, it gives us an opportunity to look at some options going into the upcoming New Zealand away series and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
His thoughts were echoed by head coach Hilton Moreeng, who commented: “This is a very important tour for us as we continue to gain competitive game time leading up to next year’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia.”
“This is followed by the ODI series which is an important part of the qualification process for the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2021.”
South Africa will face India in five T20Is and three ODIs.