Hong Kong (April 6, 2023) –Former South African Captain Dane van Niekerk has chosen to make her return to cricket, following international retirement, at the Gencor FairBreak Invitational 2023, playing for the Tornadoes.

With over 4000 runs and 203 wickets in 86 WT20Is and 107 WODIs in a career spanning a decade and half, van Niekerk brings enormous talent and experience to the tournament, and she is excited about the prospect.

Dane van Niekerk said: “I watched some of the players today and I was really surprised and excited for them and myself, to be able to see what they can do. This (Gencor FairBreak Invitational 2023) is a wonderful tournament where we can unpack these talents and what better place (for them) to play, with the best (players) in the world and learn from them.

“So, I am excited to see some of these players, go forward and I wish them well. And if some of the more experienced players can pass on their knowledge and help them along their way it will be great.”

“I think there is raw talent here, and they are still unboxed. There is so much talent and it is exciting to see.

In her first outing at the Gencor FairBreak Invitational 2023 the former South African skipper was dismissed by her partner Marizanne Kapp, something she predicted would happen: “Generally, it is a battle because she (Marizanne Kapp) gets me out. Hopefully not this time around. She is in fine form, and I have not played for quite a bit, so it is going to be interesting. We will get a bit competitive when the time comes.”

Looking ahead van Niekerk is excited about the tournament and hoping the Tornadoes can retain the title: “We hope so (that Tornadoes can beat Falcons again), I would like to have one up on Marizanne for once.  But as I said I have seen a lot of the players, and it is a very good side, and I am excited to see how we go. It is about having fun and learning from each other.

“Personally, it is about playing some cricket again and going out in the middle and playing the game I love. Hopefully I can get back in my stride.”

The Gencor FairBreak Invitational T20 tournament for women underlines FairBreak Global’s deep commitment to building the women’s game from the grassroots, while offering Associate nations a chance to showcase their talent.

The tournament is currently underway and is being played from April 3-16, 2023, at the iconic Kowloon Cricket Club in Hong Kong. The two-week tournament brings together some of the world’s top women players, from both Test and Associate nations.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 Cricket Hong Kong FairBreak Invitational on TicketFlap

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