Temba Bavuma has been ruled of the four-match T20I series against Pakistan after picking up a grade one hamstring strain. Heinrich Klaasen will lead the hosts in the series with the first match on April 10 in Johannesburg.
The South Africa limited-overs captain picked up the injury while batting during the third ODI at Centurion. There were more injury concerns for South Africa ahead of the series with Rassie van der Dussen also struggling with grade one left quadriceps muscle strain.
The selectors, however, have named the batsman in the squad. “I’d be stupid to push him to try and play in these T20s. He is still staying in the squad and hope he can have a quick turnaround but it doesn’t look likely that he is going to get on the park,” Mark Boucher had said post the ODI series.
Dwaine Pretorius will continue to recover from his rib fracture and hasn’t been cleared yet for the series. The selectors have decided to retain Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwayo, Daryn Dupavillon and Wiaan Mulder from the ODI squad with Reeza Hendricks opting out of the series after the birth of his first child.
Kyle Verreynne, who has played four ODIs, is also part of the side 18-man side which features three uncapped pacers – Sisanda Magala, Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams – and offspinner Wihan Lubbe.
The two sides will play the first two T20Is in Johannesburg before wrapping up the tour in Centurion with the final two games on April 14 and 16.
Squad: Heinrich Klaasen (c), 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 Biljon, Daryn Dupavillon, Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams, Wihan Lubbe.