Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday, announced that Hilton Moreeng will be the new coach of the national women's team. This comes after former coach, Yashin Ebrahim-Hassen's resignation.
Moreeng, who is himself a former provincial and franchise player, representing the then "Diamond Eagles" (now the Chevrolet Knights) understands what it takes to be both a player and a coach. More importantly, he has experience coaching the Griquas junior women's team, which gives him valuable experience on how to work and deal with women cricketers.
CSA Senior Cricket Manager, Max Jordaan said: "Hilton is more than qualified to assume the position as the Head Coach for the National Team. His is technically qualified as a Level III coach, has played the game at a professional level, is academically trained as a human movement specialist and overall ready for higher responsibility within cricket.
"He exudes the ethos and commitment appropriate to such a responsibility. I wish him and his squad the best for their tour to the West Indies and India."
Moreeng will lead the Proteas women to the 2013 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup which will take place from 31 January to 17 February in Mumbai, India. South Africa, will join Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand in Group B. They will face the latter, who are also the 2009 tournament final runners up, in their first match on 1 February.
Moreeng is looking forward to the great leap forward in his coaching career; "I am humbled and honoured that CSA have chosen me to fill this position. I am ready to do right by the squad and to give this new role my all," he said.
South Africa are among the eight squads that will take part in the tournament that will see England defend its title. They qualified for the tournament during the qualifiers competition in Bangladesh last November where they took eighth place in the Reliance ICC Women's ODI rankings.
South Africa will travel to the Caribbean in early January to take part in a five-match ODI and two-match Twenty20 series to help prepare for the sub-continent conditions they will be playing under in India.
"The West Indies pre-World Cup tour is right around the corner and I'm confident that the Windies will give us the kind of high quality competition that we require for our preparation. A South Africa/West Indies match is always filled with thrills and entertainment and we look forward to going up against them," Moreeng continued.
He also has high hopes for his new charges' performance in the World Cup.
"I am fortunate in that I have a really good squad of players and I believe that the talent that we have on hand will help us get far. I am aiming for a place in the semi-finals," he concluded.
Matches highlighted in green will be broadcast live on Star Cricket
Group A – England (A1), India (A2), West Indies (A3), Sri Lanka (A4)
Group B – Australia (B1), New Zealand (B2), Pakistan (B3), South Africa (B4)
Warm-up matches (all starting at 0900 local time):
28 Jan – England v Pakistan, Wankhede Stadium; India v South Africa, BKC; West Indies v Australia, CCI; New Zealand v Sri Lanka, MIG
29 Jan – India v Australia, Wankhede Stadium; West Indies v Pakistan, BKC
30 Jan – Sri Lanka v South Africa, CCI; England v New Zealand, DY Patil
31 Jan – India v West Indies (D/N), Wankhede Stadium; Australia v Pakistan, BKC
1 Feb – New Zealand v South Africa (D/N), Wankhede Stadium
2 Feb – England v Sri Lanka, Wankhede Stadium
3 Feb – New Zealand v Pakistan, BKC; Australia v South Africa, CCI
4 Feb – India v England, Wankhede Stadium; Sri Lanka v West Indies, MIG
5 Feb – Pakistan v South Africa, BKC; Australia v New Zealand (D/N), DY Patil
6 Feb – India v Sri Lanka, Wankhede Stadium; England v West Indies (D/N), CCI
7 Feb – Rest Day
8 Feb – Rest Day
Super Six Stage
Provided they qualify, each of the top three teams will retain its ranking from the group stage through to the Super Sixes, regardless of their finishing position in the group. For example, England will be ranked A1 whether they finish first, second or third at the end of the group stage. If the fourth ranked team in a group qualifies for the Super Six stage, they will adopt the ranking of the team that they have replaced. For example if Sri Lanka qualifies at the expense of England, Sri Lanka would follow the fixtures for A1 in the Super Six stage.
9 Feb – A2 v B2 (D/N), Wankhede Stadium; A3 v B3, BKC; A1 v B1 (D/N), CCI; A4 v B4 (7th v 8th Play Off), MIG
10 Feb – Reserve Day
11 Feb – A3 v B2, BKC; A2 v B1 (D/N), CCI; A1 v B3, DY Patil
12 Feb – Reserve Day
13 Feb – A3 v B1, Wankhede Stadium; A1 v B2, BKC; A2 v B3, CCI
14 Feb – Reserve Day
15 Feb – 5th v 6th Play Off, BKC; 3rd v 4th Play Off, CCI
16 Feb – Reserve Day
17 Feb – Final (D/N), CCI