South African all-rounder JP Duminy has been ruled out of the home series against Pakistan after suffering an injury that will take him three months to recover.
And this also comes at a vital time for South Africa as they look to build their team for the 2019 World Cup with a lot of cricket planned before that. South Africa will be hosted by Australia for an ODI series before returning to play in the home-grown Mzansi Super League T20.
This would be followed by home series against Pakistan and South Africa but Duminy could be ruled out of all of this because of a shoulder operation. The surgery has been successful but the rehabilitation time is more than three months.
South Africa’s schedule against Australia consists of four limited-overs games including one T20I. The T20I will be played after the Mzansi Super League starts. It would also be the first time that South Africa and Australia would meet since that infamous tour earlier this year which had led to a brazen ball-tampering scandal and the subsequent suspension of Steven Smith and David Warner.
Getting towards Christmas and the New Year, South Africa will then take on Pakistan in three Tests and five ODIs before featuring in a home series against Sri Lanka in which they play two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is. This series starts in February 2019, by which time Duminy should be fit.
Duminy’s injury follows a finger problem for opening batsman Hashim Amla, which ruled him out of the tour of Australia. However, he is expected to feature in the Mzansi Super League. Wiaan Mulder has also injured himself during the recent T20Is against Zimbabwe, and needed an ankle surgery for it. He will also miss the MSL.
The first ever season of MSL begins on November 16 and will go on for a total of 31 days, with the final to be played on December 16. Six teams will participate in this competition.