Akhona Nyiki delighted with national call-up

CRICKET South Africa (CSA) announced yesterday that the ICC Event Technical Committee of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2011 has approved Akhona Nyiki as the replacement player for Chloe Tryon. Tryon suffered a ligament strain on her right knee during South Africa’s six-run victory over Sri Lanka in their opening match of the tournament on 17 November.

“Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the event technical committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury or illness. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured or ill player,” the ICC said in a press release.

Nineteen year old Nyiki is excited about the opportunity she has received. “I am thrilled to get this break,” she said. “Representing my country is all I have ever wanted. This has to be the best year of my life so far career-wise.”

Nyiki is a first year BA Education student at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape. This will be her first trip overseas, “I can’t wait to get on that plane. I have heard very interesting things about Bangladesh and I can’t wait to experience a brand new culture and people. I am really looking forward to representing my country and province and showing the coach that he has made the right choice,” she concluded.

Nyiki was named the CSA Girls Under-19 Player of the Tournament at the 2011 CSA Breakfast Awards earlier this year. Her performance as a right arm off-spin bowler and right-hand batter during the CSA Girls Under-19 Week attracted the attention of national coach Yashin Ebrahim-Hassen who invited her to join the team in their camps during their preparation for the England tour.

The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2011 for this case was made up of Tim Anderson (Chair – ICC Global Development Manager), David Thorley (ICC Tournament Director), David Jukes (ICC Tournament Referee), Mohd. Ali Ahsan (Host Tournament Director, BCB representative,) Lucy Benjamin (Tournament Media Manager – ICC Representative).

South Africa, who are on top of Group A, take on the Netherlands on Friday in their third match of the tournament.-Cricket.co.za


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