Dwaine Pretorius will not be a part of South Africa’s T20 squad for the World Cup

Reece Topley

Cricket South Africa has confirmed the unavailability of South Africa all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius both from the ODIs against India and for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.

Pretorius suffered a fracture to his left thumb which requires surgical intervention.

Says Dr Shuaib Manjra who is Chief Medical Officer for CSA,

The nature of the injury requires surgical intervention and Dwaine will consult the Cricket South Africa designated hand surgeon on arrival in South Africa.

Adding further, he said,

Normal rehabilitation procedures will follow to ensure he speedily returns to playing cricket.

Pretorius is a key player for South Africa as he was the joint-highest wicket-taker for his side in last year’s T20 World Cup.

This year, Pretorius has featured in 8 T20Is where he has scalped 12 wickets at an average of 20.66.

Because of his all-round abilities, the Proteas very much wanted him to be a part of the squad.

The all-rounder picked up the injury during the third T20I against India at Indore.

The other reserve all-rounders in the team are Andile Phehlukwayo and Marco Jansen.

This is the second major blow for the Proteas just before the main tournament.

Rassie van der Dussen has already been ruled out last month due to a finger injury.

Here’s what the squad for South Africa for the T20 World Cup looks like-

Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Dwaine Pretorius

Reserve players- Bjorn Fortuin, Marco Jansen and Andile Phehlukwayo

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