Liesel Lee reveals why she left Proteas Women



Leading women’s ODI cricketer Liesel Lee has revealed why she left the Proteas in the middle of the team’s tour of England.

Lee announced her international retirement a few weeks ago and after a one-time test between South Africa and England.

She missed the ODI and T20 series and also does not compete in the Commonwealth Games.

However, Lee would continue to play Hundred and Big Bash. She was named ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year for the last year.

On the BBC Stumped podcast hosted by Alison Mitchell, Lee reveals that her weight and failure to get a proper test before the England tour were at the heart of her decision to leave the Proteas.

“I’m ready to play. With my skills, I can handle this job,” Lee says. “I did fitness tests, but not weight tests. As a woman, it breaks me that I weigh too much.”

Lee goes on to say that she has always struggled with her weight and has never received any support from Cricket South Africa to help her keep her weight in the desired zone.

“But at the end of the day, what matters is what you eat,” she says.

Watch Lee’s interview here