Bavuma ruled out of four-match T20I series against Pakistan due to hamstring strain

By our correspondent

KARACHI: South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma has been ruled of the four-match T20I series against Pakistan after developing hamstring strain.

Heinrich Klaasen will serve as stand-in captain for the series. Klaasen had previously led the Proteas in the T20Is in Pakistan in February 2021. Bavuma sustained the injury while batting in the final ODI of the series on Wednesday, 7 April, immediately putting his availability in doubt. The already depleted South Africa side, with Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi leaving for the IPL, will also be missing Reeza Hendricks, who withdrew from the squad, following the birth of his first-born child.

Rassie van der Dussen, who is also struggling with a grade one left quadriceps muscle strain, is likely to miss the series opener. Also missing from the squad will be Dwaine Pretorius, who has not been medically cleared for the series as he continues to recover from a rib injury. Aiden Markram, Andile Phehlukwyo, Daryn Dupavillon, and Wiann Mulder have been retained from the ODI squad for the upcoming matches. The first T20I will be played on Saturday, 10 April in Johannesburg.

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

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