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Shabnim Ismail Is Eager for Things to Begin

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The City of Perth welcomed the Momentum Proteas Women and England during an official team function at Forest Place, earlier today.

The two teams came together and watched on as Western Australia’s capital city showcased a cultural celebration, which included a Wadumbah Indigenous dance and an uplifting performance by a South African gospel choir.

Legendary South African musician, PJ Powers was among the crowd of local cricket fans who came out to the CBD to show their support ahead of the opening weekend of the ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup. Those in attendance had the opportunity to meet their favourite players. Some were even lucky enough to face them in the nets!

The function presented South Africa and England the chance to mingle in a social setting before the comradery turns to competition on Sunday night at the WACA.  

Playing in her seventh T20 World Cup, fast bowler Shabnim Ismail says she is eagerly awaiting the chance to return to the iconic stadium

“To play England in the first game at the WACA, it’s going to be a good competition.”

“The trio everyone speaks about - myself, Marizanne Kapp and Ayabonga Khaka - we bring different dimensions of the game with the new ball. It’s always a thing of us hunting in pairs, so just for us to go out there apply the basics and hopefully we can come up on top,” said Ismail.

Full interview and cutaways of Perth are available on the ftp site:

Full practice and media schedule (all local times)

Friday, 21 February 2020

Cricket for Good Coaching Clinic at the WACA from 17:00 – 18:00

Practice under the lights at the WACA from 18:30 – 20:00

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Practice at Murdoch University Playing Fields from 12:00 – 15:00

Captain’s pre-match press conference with Dane van Niekerk at Murdoch University at approximately 15:15

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Group Match 1 vs England at the WACA from 19:00 – 21:45

Monday, 24 February 2020

Travel Day to Canberra, no media opportunity.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Practice at Manuka Oval from 14:00 – 17:00

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Practice at Phillip Oval from 09:00 – 12:00

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Practice at Phillip Oval from 16:00 – 19:00

Pre-match press conference (Details TBC)

Friday, 28 February 2020

Group Match 2 vs Thailand at Manuka Oval from 15:00 – 17:45

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Morning travel day to Sydney

Practice at the Sydney Showgrounds Stadium from 13:30 – 15:30

Pre-match press conference (Details TBC)

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Group Match 3 vs Pakistan at the Sydney Showgrounds Stadium from 15:00 – 17:45

Monday, 2 March 2020

Practice under the lights at the Sydney Showgrounds Stadium from 20:30 – 22:00

Pre-match press conference (Details TBC)

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Final Group Match vs West Indies at the Sydney Showgrounds Stadium from 19:00 – 21:45

Momentum Proteas ICC Women’s T20 squad:

Dané van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), LauraWolvaardt (Western Province), Lizelle Lee (North West), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Suné Luus (Northerns), Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Shabnim Ismail (KZN Coastal), AyabongaKhaka (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Trisha Chetty (KZN Coastal), Nonkululeko Mlaba (KZN Coastal), Nadine de Klerk (Western Province) and Nondumiso Shangase (KZN Coastal).

Management: Hilton Moreeng (Head Coach), Salieg Nackerdien (Assistant Coach), Sedibu Mohlaba (Manager), Abram Ramoadi (Performance Analyst), Russell Clarke (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Tshegofatso Gaetsewe (Team Doctor), Molebatsi Theletsane (Physiotherapist), Lucy Davey (Media Liaison)