South African cricket team suffered two huge set backs ahead of 2nd T20I against Pakistan as Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock has been ruled out of T20I series with Pakistan.
De Kock sustained a groin injury during the fifth ODI against Pakistan on Wednesday, and will need a period of treatment and rehabilitation to make a full recovery.
And, at the end of the first T20I, captain Faf du Plessis announced that he would rest for the remainder of the series.
Dr Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa’s team manager said: “Quinton sustained an injury to his left groin while fielding during the last ODI on Wednesday.
He will be unable to take part in the T20I series against Pakistan and we are hopeful he will be fit for selection for the Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Durban on February 13th.
Janneman Malan, who is uncapped, has been called up as de Kock’s replacement, and will be available for the final two matches. He enjoyed a productive time in the recent Mzansi Super League, averaging 33.88 from his nine innings for Cape Town Blitz.
Speaking on the Cape Cobras batsman’s selection, Linda Zondi, the convenor of selectors, said: “Janneman was one of the standout players during the Mzansi Super League and has been putting in the runs consistently at franchise level. He is an exciting young prospect, this is a great opportunity for us to continue blooding players at international level.”
Proteas T20 squad:
Faf du Plessis (Titans, captain), Gihahn Cloete (Warriors), Junior Dala (Titans), Janneman Malan (Cape Cobras), Beuran Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), David Miller (Dolphins), Chris Morris (Titans), Wiaan Mulder (Highveld Lions), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Rassie van der Dussen (Highveld Lions)
Friday, February 1, 1st T20, Newlands, Cape Town (D/N) – 18:00
Sunday, February 3, 2nd T20, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (Day) – 14:30
Wednesday, February 6, 3rd T20, SuperSport Park, Centurion (D/N) – 18:00