Blow up South Africa as captain Bavuma to miss Pakistan’s T20 series

CAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – An already depleted South African squad has been dealt another blow after newly appointed captain Temba Bavuma was ruled out of their four-match Twenty20 International home match against Pakistan with hammering strain.

Bavuma was injured while batting in the one-day International series decision won by the tourists in Pretoria on Wednesday.

The opening T20 match is in Johannesburg today.

South Africa are already without five of their top players, including batsmen Quinton de Kock and David Miller, and fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who have been released to play in the Indian Premier League.

The loss of Bavuma will further weaken their top six, especially as the experienced Reeza Hendricks withdrew from the squad after the birth of his first child, while form Rassie van der Dussen is questionable for the first game of the series. least, with left quadriceps strain grade one.

Heinrich Klaasen will captain the side in Bavuma’s absence, opening batsman Aiden Markram, all rounders Andile Phehlukwayo and Wiaan Mulder, and sailor Daryn Dupavillon added to the squad of the one who took part in the ODI series.

South Africa T20 squad:

Heinrich Klaasen (captain), Bjorn Fortuin, Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Wiaan Mulder, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Kyle Verreynne, Pite van Bilyn. , Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams, Wihan Lubbe.