Dane van Niekerk announces retirement from international cricket
Johannesburg (South Africa), March 11: Former South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket on Thursday, bringing an end to an illustrious career.
Niekerk played a solitary Test, 107 ODIs and 86 T20Is for the country, making some vital contributions.
The 29-year-old took one wicket in a Test, 138 in ODIs, and 65 in T20Is. She is also a valuable batter scoring 22 runs in Tests, 2175 in ODIs, and 1877 in the shortest format.
The former captain was notably absent from their squad for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in 2023. Van Niekerk failed to meet Cricket South Africa's fitness standards and was left out of the Proteas' 15-member squad for the home T20 World Cup.
"It is with great sadness that I announce my retirement from international cricket. It has been my greatest honour to lead and represent my country. I am incredibly blessed to have led the team through its transformative years. There is no doubt that the women's game is in an exciting space and looking forward to seeing this beautiful game that I love to grow," van Niekerk said.
"I look back on my career fondly and have made incredible memories and want to thank Cricket South Africa and all other stakeholders for your support. Often the journey can be lonely, painful, and emotional, but would not change it for anything. I'm grateful for what this game has given me," she further said.
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