Born: February 15, 1992, Edinburgh, Midlothian
Major Teams: New Zealand Women, Otago Women, Scotland Under-21s Women, Scotland Women, Wellington Under-21s Women, Wellington Women, Western Australia Women
Playing Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right Arm Offbreak
Leigh Kasperek is a promising offspinner and useful lower-order batsman, who took an unusual route to representing New Zealand Women.
Born in Edinburgh, she played age-level cricket for Scotland, before making her senior national debut at the age of 15. On the advice of Netherlands coach, Job van Bunge, she played for the Western Australia women's team, in the 2011-12 season.
She played the next season for the Wellington women's side, without much success, before moving on to represent Otago. After a productive 2014-15 domestic season, and having just fulfilled the eligibility requirements, she earned a New Zealand call-up for the tour of India in June-July 2015. She took six wickets in the five-ODI series and four wickets in three T20Is.
Kasperek returned to India as part of the New Zealand Women's squad for the World T20 in 2016.