South African skipper Temba Bavuma has to head home amid family reasons and will be absent during the two warm-up fixtures before the World Cup 2023 kick-offs. The Proteas’ are supposed to face Afghanistan and New Zealand in their two warm-up matches.
South Africa will take on Afghanistan at Greenfield Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram, under the captaincy of Aiden Markram, followed by the Kiwis on October 2 at the same venue.
Their first World Cup match is against Sri Lanka, which is at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Skipper Bavuma is likely to return before both teams lock horns.
However, South Africa will miss their ace seamers Anrich Nortje and Sisanda Magala for the tournament due to serious injuries.