Double blow for South Africa ahead of 2022 Commonwealth Games
Two players from South Africa’s England tour are returning home uncertain for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
After missing the first T20I, Marizanne Kapp and Tumi Sekhukhune will miss the rest of the series and are uncertain for the Games, which start on July 28, the ICC said in a statement.
Sekhukhune re-injured her groin earlier on tour and will recover at home, while Kapp returns to Gqeberha to attend a family affair.
Although a statement from Cricket South Africa did not disclose the affair, Kapp’s wife and Proteas teammate Dane van Niekerk confirmed via social media that their brother-in-law was involved in an accident. who had left him in intensive care.
Batter Tazmin Brits has been called up to the squad for the remainder of the T20I series, although a final Commonwealth Games squad has yet to be determined and must go through the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee as per Games requirements .
With Kapp and Sekhukhune unlikely to return, that leaves South Africa at risk of missing out on a Games medal, having already lost Lizelle Lee (retired from international cricket) and van Niekerk, who is still nursing an ankle injury. ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup earlier in the year.
South Africa’s campaign begins on July 30 against New Zealand in Edgbaston, with tournament hosts Sri Lanka also making up Group B.