South African skipper Temba Bavuma flies back home due to family reasons and is set to miss the upcoming warm-up fixtures of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 against Afghanistan and New Zealand.
Temba Bavuma Set to Miss World Cup 2023 Warm-up Games
As per the World Cup 2023 schedule, South Africa will play their first game against Sri Lanka on October 7 at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. Ahead of the tournament, as of every other teams, South Africa too will play the warm-up games.
South Africa take on Afghanistan in their first warm-up fixture in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, before completing their preparations for the tournament against the Kiwis at the same Greenfield Stadium venue on 2 October.
In the absence of Temba Bavuma, T20I skipper Aiden Markram will lead the team in the World Cup 2023 warm-up games.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) released a statement on the development and confirmed Bavuma’s return to the side from the side’s tournament opener.
“Bavuma will miss the two ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 warm-up matches against Afghanistan and New Zealand on 29 September and 02 October respectively. Aiden Markram will captain the side in his absence,” CSA said in a statement.
Bavuma already missed the penultimate game of South Africa’s recent 3-2 ODI series win at home against Australia. He has scored three centuries and a 90 in his last nine ODI innings, including a brilliant 114* in the opening game against Australia.
South Africa have already lost key pacers Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala ahead of the tournament owing to injury.
South Africa World Cup 2023 Squad
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|Rassie Van Der Dussen||Batsman|
|Quinton de Kock||WK-Batsman|
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